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Afghan refugees settled in the area could use some help
Letters may be sent to The Ceres Courier, 138 S. Center Street, Turlock CA 95380 or emailed to

Editor, Ceres Courier,

Although I have moved from the Ceres area, I visit my parents regularly on their almond farm south of Ceres, and my sister and brother-in-law in Turlock. It will always be my home. I will carry the warmth of our Central Valley community with me wherever I  go, and I  hope to pass that same warmth and connection to my children.

I wanted to make our community aware of the opportunity to welcome new members who are in desperate need of support. There are multiple Afghan refugee families here, who have left everything behind because of the help they offered to our country. They have been placed in small apartments or motels by the International Refugee Committee, in the Modesto, Ceres and Turlock area. They have no laundry facilities, no internet, no cars, no jobs, not even a way to get groceries. They are completely dependent on our community for support.

I am writing on their behalf to encourage anyone who is hiring in settings like janitorial services, laundry for hospitals/nursing homes, restaurants to consider them. A donated car would be life changing. ESL instruction is needed.

Please reach out to Maryam Mojadidi,, coordinator at Afghans Building Alliances for Humanitarian Development.

AmyCecilia Mogal

LETTERS POLICY: Letters to the editor will be considered for publication but must be signed and include an address and phone number. Letters should be 250 words or less and be void of libel. Send to The Ceres Courier, 138 S. Center Street, Turlock CA 95380 or emailed to