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Video: Afghan refugees find dreams realized
December 8, 2011 by The IRC
Two stories aired this week by CBS Atlanta illustrate how resettlement is a life-saving measure for the world’s most vulnerable refugees, as well as the significant contributions refugees make to life in the United States once they find their feet.
The first story profiles Vincent Hakizimana, who fled the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo after he and his wife were attacked. It also features the International Rescue Committee's Ellen Beattie, speaking about what the IRC has to offer refugees like Vincent who have, she said, "saved their own lives in many ways and sought to protect their family."
In the second story, Kamila Abdul Nabi described how she and her family feared for their lives in Afghanistan under the Taliban. Living in Kabul, Kamila never thought she would realize her dream of owning a business.
"It's going to be dream for all [of] your life. It's not going to come true because the woman cannot do that," said Kamila.
But five years after the State Department invited the family to start over in the U.S., Kamila realized her dream. In March, she opened the only Afghan restaurant in the Atlanta metro area.
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