Nonprofit Provides Thanksgiving Meals to Afghan Refugees – ABC4 Utah

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CLEVELAND (AP) – A nonprofit has partnered with three Cleveland-area restaurants to ensure local Afghan refugees can celebrate Thanksgiving with specially prepared Halal dishes.

The US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants has helped 60 different Afghan families receive more than 200 Thanksgiving meals, WEWS-TV reported Thursday.

The meals included a blend of traditional Afghani, Somali and Middle Eastern cuisine, all halal, meaning they were fit for Muslim consumption.

A welcome note and some information about Thanksgiving was also included.

The refugees are among the tens of thousands of Afghans who have arrived across the United States to begin the resettlement process after the fall of Kabul.

“When I hear about the arrival of new refugees, I feel their pain,” said Kifaya Mohammed, the owner of Kifaya’s Kitchen, a local restaurant that provided most of the meals.

Mohammed is a Somali who arrived in the United States in 2006 and has helped feed refugees for years. She said she knows how stressful it is to arrive in a “new country with new food” and hopes Thanksgiving meals will bring a sense of comfort to the refugees.

“I’ve been there so I want to be able to help them now and I have the chance to help them,” Mohammed said.

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