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A year later and thousands of Afghan refugees are still in need of help

Regionally Speaking Welcome.US

As the one-year anniversary of the fall of Kabul approaches, it’s a moment to reflect on the progress that’s been made. Welcoming tens of thousands of Afghan evacuees in just a few weeks was an unprecedented national challenge. Americans from every corner of the map and of every political party responded by welcoming our Afghan allies as new neighbors. Here in Indiana Camp Atterbury began welcoming Afghan people in September after the violent Taliban takeover in Afghanistan. The Johnson County base was one of eight nationwide sites designated to be a "safe haven," offering temporary refuge for Afghans while they awaited permanent resettlement across the U.S. Lakeshore Public Radio's Dee Dotson spoke with Nazanin Ash, the CEO of Welcome DOT US. as she discussed what can happen when we move the resettlement of newcomers from a government exercise to a community endeavor.

As co-host and producer of Regionally Speaking, Dee is responsible for connecting with northwest Indiana community newsmakers to share their stories with the Lakeshore Public Radio listening audience. She believes in the power of storytelling to engage, teach and change lives. Prior to working at Lakeshore Public Radio, Dee enjoyed giving of her time, talent and resources to various community organizations. Dee believes in servant leadership and her favorite quote is Leadership is service not position by Tim Fargo.