Throughout 2020 and into 2021, they worked tirelessly with vigor and passion to respond to community needs exacerbated by the pandemic. Then, the refugee crisis exploded late last summer. That’s when according to Sister Aminah, “My whole world turned upside down all over again.”
With the US military’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Taliban began aggressively reclaiming territory, and many citizens fled their homes and communities. It was all over the news here, with footage showing tens of thousands of people making their way to the Kabul airport, seeking passage to safety. Thousands were headed right here to California, which welcomed more refugees than any other US state. And, in particular, Alameda County, where an Afghan community was waiting with open arms.