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Let's Talk About Afghanistan Refugees In New Mexico

Sgt. Samuel Ruiz/US Marine Corps
Associated Press

  Let’s Talk New Mexico 8/26 8 am: Thousands of people are fleeing Afghanistan since the Taliban’s takeover and Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has announced that New Mexico is ready to welcome them with open arms. How can our state best ready itself to receive these refugees? What type of services are already available? How will all of this work while we are still struggling with a global pandemic? On this week’s episode, we’ll be talking to folks who work with New Mexico’s refugee population, as well as the refugees themselves, about their experiences and how they think our state should respond to this sudden need. 

Whether you supported the war in Afghanistan or not we want to hear from you. Do you have experience working with and aiding displaced people? What do you think the state can do to help ease their pain? Let’s talk about it. Email: LetsTalk@kunm.org, tweet #letstalkNM, or call in during the live show. 




The City of Albuquerque's Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs – Office of Equity and Inclusion, the Afghan Society of New Mexioc and the Islamic Center of New Mexico are hosting a gathering on Friday, August 27 from 2:15 to 4 p.m. "Gathering To Sympathize and Support the Afghan Community." It's at the Islamic Center of NM, 1100 Yale Blvd SE in Albuquerque and also on Zoom.Zoom link:  Meeting ID: 850 8688 6032, Passcode: 931048

Ty Bannerman has been writing about New Mexico for over a decade. He is the author of the history book Forgotten Albuquerque and his work has appeared in New Mexico Magazine, Atlas Obscura, Eater, and the American Literary Review. While at the Weekly Alibi, Albuquerque’s alternative newspaper, he served as food editor, features editor and managing editor. He co-hosts two podcasts: City on the Edge, which tells Albuquerque stories, and Anytown, USA, which virtually explores a different US county each week. He has two children and way too many dogs and chickens.
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