Hundreds of Afghan refugee families move to Southwest Florida

Cape Coral, Fla. – After seeing their country torn apart by terrorism and war, hundreds of Afghan families are building a brighter future in Southwest Florida.

NBC2 confirms hundreds of families who have fled the Taliban are starting new lives in our community.

Frank Mauheb, with his wife and their five children, now calling Cape Coral “home”, has escaped the unimaginable in Afghanistan.

“We were surrounded by the Taliban… everywhere just shooting, bombing and blowing up,” Mauheb said.

The constant threat of terror and relentless sounds of violence no longer hold the Mauhebs at night, but rescue groups are increasingly concerned about finding permanent housing for refugees in the West. South Florida.

Aaron Forum, a former Green Beret who served in Afghanistan, helped Mauheb get to the United States.

Mauheb served as the Forum’s personal interpreter in Afghanistan for eight months.

While Mauheb speaks English, he and his family, along with hundreds of other Afghan refugees, face incredible culture shock and a host of other obstacles in adjusting to life in the US.

“Coming here from a place with no employment history. No credit score… to say it was a challenge we underestimated the situation,” said the Forum.

Forum lives in Cape Coral. Despite efforts to bring Mauheb and his family here, he’s concerned about his ability to bring more families to Southwest Florida.

“If you wanted to speak to any local government official, they would say stop sending people to Lee County because there is a housing problem in this part of the country,” the forum said.

Organizations that help families like Mauhebs fear a crisis has loomed for hundreds of families here, and more than 250 may be underway.

Congressional Report on Refugees:

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26 children fleeing terrorism in Afghanistan are now students of the Lee County School District. That includes four sons and one daughter of Mauheb.

For his daughter, education was not in the cards under Taliban rule in Afghanistan.

A Lee County School ESOL teacher discussed how educators are helping break down barriers.

“We started with pictures, videos and English captions for them,” said Cindy Fischer, who teaches English at 20 different Lee County schools.

Technology also helps a lot.

“We use tools that people use in business as well as Google translate so teachers can share words, phrases, or sentences,” says Fischer.

Despite the obstacles and uncertainty for families aspiring to shape a new future here, one thing is certain for Mauheb:

“This is the land of freedom and the land of peace and justice.”

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Tom Vazquez

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