WEST JORDAN, Utah — Dozens of newly arrived refugees from Afghanistan gathered at a West Jordan mosque Monday as city and state leaders officially welcomed them to Utah.
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The event included speeches and a community dinner as the Utah Afghan-American Coalition and United Afghan-American Coalition lined up food, supplies, and clothing for people to take to their new homes.
But there’s something else the groups want to make sure the men, women and children can find here: Community.
And it started with this big event to bring everyone together.
“If they had any other choice, they would never want to come,” said Shubaira Aminzada, president and co-founder of the United Afghan-American Coalition. “But because they had no other option, and to survive they needed to come over, they were forced to do that.”