News from the Week of March 3rd

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Afghani interpreter Nabi Mohammadi earned his United States citizenship on the first of last May. He worked as a translator for U.S. Army National Guard units since 2011 but moved to Iowa in 2013 on a Special Immigrant Visa. Mohammadi’s friend, Sergeant Dalton Jacobus, was instrumental in getting him to the United States, but Mohammadi became a valuable addition to the community all on his own.  


Refugee Coffee in Clarkston, Georgia, caters to Americans and refugees alike. The coffeehouse goes well beyond caffeine and casual conversation; founder Kitti Murray wanted to create a place for people to form true connections with refugees. Known as “the most diverse square mile in America,” Clarkston is the perfect environment for Refugee Coffee to thrive.  


Childhood leukemia survivor Michael Campofiori overcame all odds to become a marine, completing the Crucible on February 23, 2019. It was always Campofiori’s dream, and he worked incredibly hard to make it happen. From fighting through medical red tape, to getting an almost perfect score on his initial fitness assessment, Campofiori clearly has the makings of a valuable member of the Corps. 


High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Granadi completed his fourth visit to Syria to assess the humanitarian crisis. Millions of displaced Syrians are returning to their homes, but problems, including damage to property and infrastructure, abound. Granadi continues to advocate for the millions of Syrians still displaced abroad as well.  


In four South Sudan refugee camps, women known as “guardian angels” are providing a safe place for female victims of sexual assault and domestic abuse. The women are influential in the refugee communities because they have the ability to stand up to the perpetrators and protect the victims, working closely with UNHCR.