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Utah welcomes Afghan refugees with meet-and-greet event

Refugees fleeing Afghanistan were welcomed to a meet-and-greet at the Utah Islamic Center mosque Monday night in West Jordan. More than 100 people were at the mosque to show their support for the refugees.For security reasons, no one knows who the refugees are right away, even those who are helping them acclimate to their new lives. Meet-and-greet gatherings like this are thrown mainly so people can get to know who they will be assisting. 

 

Starting a new life in a new country and learning new languages and entire cultures is daunting. For this reason, several top political leaders recognized the refugees and their accomplishments of making it to Utah. People also filled the lower level of the mosque with donation items to help the refugees start their journeys. 

Tyler Hewitt is the web/social media assistant at UPR. He writes stories every day, updates the website and manages the station's Twitter and Facebook pages. Tyler is a senior at Utah State University and is studying public relations, marketing, and psychology. He loves to write, listen to music, play video games, play tennis and hang out with his fiancé and cat, Juno. He is a great plant dad and recently started collecting vinyl records!