'US sisters do their part to help' Afghan refugees
“But now we have guests in our backyard,” says Sister Laura Nettles in the Global Sisters Report article “As Afghan refugees restart their lives, US sisters do their part to help.”
Upon their arrival, Afghan refugees board a bus to Dulles International Airport in Dulles, Virginia, taking them to a processing center. (CNS/Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)
It is a story about Catholic sisters working to assist displaced Afghan refugees in the United States, including Sister Laura at Fort McCoy, a US Army Installation located between Sparta and Tomah in Wisconsin. The executive director of Viterbo University Mission and Social Justice in La Crosse, Wisconsin, Sister Laura currently works with women and children in centers facilitated by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Charities at Fort McCoy.
“… most of my time is spent either playing with the kids — giving them a space to be kids — and talking with the women about what to expect in the US and what rights they have.
“This has been a profoundly humbling experience because the families have been so vulnerable in sharing their experiences in Afghanistan.”
Learn more about the commitment of Sister Laura and many other Catholic sisters around the country to serve the “tens of thousands of refugees fleeing to the U.S. and elsewhere” at globalsistersreport.org.