Event recognizes refugees’ struggles and agencies that support them

Jun 20, 2019

Mir Enayatullah Mosawi
Credit James Brown WXXI

In honor of World Refugee Day, several local immigrants and organizations received honors from the Rochester City School District’s Office of Adult and Career Education Services and Literacy Volunteers of Rochester.

A few refugees shared stories about their hard-earned paths to their new home.

Mir Enayatullah Mosawi said it took him about five years to get everything in place to immigrate to Rochester from Afghanistan. It was challenging, he said, to get himself and his pregnant wife here.

“When I contacted the organization here to come here to book my travel arrangements, they booked a very lengthy travel,” Mosawi said. “I just came from Afghanistan to India, from India to Switzerland, from Switzerland to Washington, from Washington to Rochester.”

Mosawi says he has a Special Immigrant Visa because of his dangerous work during the previous eight years: supporting U.S. Army missions in Afghanistan.

Credit James Brown WXXI

Today, he’s working on his English and his digital literacy skills with the help of Literacy Volunteers of Rochester. He said the adjustment is going well.

“The adjustment is great,” said Mosawi. “There are a lot of organizations like Catholic Family Center and also No One Left Behind and other programs helping us with our adjustments and resettlements.”

Agencies awarded for their work with refugees were Catholic Family Center’s Refugee Resettlement, Refugees helping Refugees, Mary’s Place Refugee Outreach, and Community Place of Greater Rochester.