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In Their Own Words: Feriba & Habiba

Sisters, Feriba and Habiba, along with their older brother and father fled to escape their war-torn country, Afghanistan. They first fled to Pakistan and then India before finally being allowed to come to Jacksonville as refugees last year. As a newly-arrived refugee family, the main priority was to establish a safe place for all of them to live and develop a plan for them to be financially self-sufficient.

With the help of Catholic Charities Jacksonville refugee-resettlement staff and volunteers, this family moved into a well-furnished apartment near a local bus route. This location made access to ESOL classes, work, doctor’s appointments and possible.

Feriba and her sister, Habiba, are both very fortunate finding employment at Akel’s Café (JEA Café) located in downtown Jacksonville. They both prepare food for this well-known establishment. They are especially excited that their work schedule allows them the time to attend upper-level English classes in the evening at Florida State College at Jacksonville.

Some officials in the current Administration have proposed admitting ZERO refugees in Fiscal Year 2020. We believe that supporting refugees isn't a political issue - it's a human issue.

Join Lutheran Social Services and Catholic Charities Jacksonville and stand in solidarity with refugees and learn how to make your voices heard to the people who can affect change.

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