A first look inside Fort McCoy reveals a ‘city of 13,000’ Afghan refugees | local news

Ghani traveled to Qatar, then Germany, where she spent several days sleeping in a barn next to other women and children, many of whom were crying.

“I can’t forget those four or five nights,” she said. “It was all awful.”

Ghani said she was grateful to be in Fort McCoy with her family. She said she’s in contact with a group of reporters at the base, and she’s “very nice here.”

Bagman also said he appreciates the help he received from the Americans and is happy with the conditions at Fort McCoy. He hopes to move to Arizona and has said he is ready to start his new life.



Farzana Mohammadi, the Afghan national wheelchair basketball player and Paralympic athlete, says she is excited about the opportunities that will open to her in the United States.


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Sky Justice, US State Department team leader for Operation Fort McCoy, said resettlement of Afghan families is a “top priority” for the department. Once Afghans complete the necessary immigration procedures and medical examinations, they will be linked to one of about 200 non-profit organizations, which will help them find housing and jobs in new communities across the country.

“We are now in a situation where we expect to start resettling larger numbers of people,” Justice said, but he did not specify a timeline.

Farzana Mohammadi, 24, was a member of the Afghan Women’s Paralympic wheelchair basketball team.

Speaking in the fierce language through an interpreter, Mohammadi said she decided to come to the United States because the Taliban would not allow her to play basketball. America was the only country she always wanted to move to as a child. She said she wanted to play basketball and study to become a psychiatrist.

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