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How Has The Pandemic Affected Abilene's Refugee Population

Courtesy of International Rescue Committee-Abilene
Maria and her family are part of Abilene's refugee community

Yesterday we heard from Susanna Lubanga, director of the Abilene office of the International Rescue Committee, about anticipated changes for refugee programs under the new Biden Administration.  Our conversation turns to how local refugee community has navigated the COVID-19 pandemic.  Many have come from homes that have experienced health crisies before, so the pandemic and its restrictions were somewhat familiar to them.  Several in Abilene's refugee community were affected early on with the outbreak at Abimar Foods.  Others were frustrated that loved ones were prevented from traveling.