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Gov. Holcomb gives update on Afghan evacuees at Camp Atterbury

Published: Nov. 23, 2021 at 11:22 AM CST
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EDINBURGH, Ind. (WFIE) - Governor Holcomb joined federal officials Tuesday to share information about the resettlement efforts of Afghan evacuees temporarily placed at Camp Atterbury.

Leaders say of the 82,000 evacuees in the U.S., 7,200 of them have been to Camp Atterbury.

Several agencies are working to help them begin their new lives all over the state.

One of the people resettling in Indiana, Nahid Sharifi, described her journey.

She was separated from her mother and brother, who were left behind in Afghanistan. She was very emotional, as she described not having communication with them for ten days after a bomb explosion in their area.

She then went on to say she had a message for the people of the United States.

“People of the United States have a heart of gold... We learn many things from them. Thank you so much for everything, and I hope that I can make the world around me a better place for others like them,” said Sharifi.

Hoosiers can still donate needed items to Afghan evacuees at Camp Atterbury at eight locations across the state.

They include the Indiana National Guard Armory on E. Division St. in Evansville.

Donation sites are open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday (closed for the holiday on Nov. 25-26).

Hoosiers have donated more than 1.5 million items to Camp Atterbury so far.

Current high-need items include:

  • Closed-toed shoes in all sizes
  • Men’s pants in various sizes
  • Bras
  • Bottle brushes
  • Fingernail clippers

Only new items in original packaging are accepted.

For more information, including an Amazon wish list, please visit teamrubiconusa.org/resettlement.

Indiana residents interested in making monetary donations can do so through Team Rubicon or the American Red Cross at the following links:

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