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CAIR Welcomes Governor Hogan’s Commitment to Accept Afghan Refugees in Maryland, Partners with Muslim Communities to Collect Donations for Newly Arriving Families 

(BALTIMORE, Md., 8/20/2021) – The Maryland office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today welcomed Governor Hogan’s commitment to accept Afghan refugees in Maryland, and announced it is partnering with local mosques to collect donations of specific items for families and evacuees arriving to the area after the recent collapse of the government in Afghanistan.  

SEE: Gov. Larry Hogan says Maryland is ‘ready and willing’ to accept additional Afghan refugees following Taliban takeover

“CAIR appreciates Governor Hogan’s commitment to welcoming Afghans arriving to our region especially under the current circumstances,” said CAIR’s Maryland director Zainab Chaudry. “Our communities’ collective support aims to help these families process the ordeals they’ve faced and adjust to their new homes. We’re also concerned about past experiences of xenophobia and intolerance reported against previously resettled families. We hope to help offset some of those challenges.”  

CAIR is urging people to donate the specified items generously. The civil rights group thanks the 100+  volunteer translators in Maryland who speak Dari and Pashto, the native languages of Afghanistan, who have answered its call for translation services. It is working with a local resettlement agency to find Maryland families who are willing to temporarily host SIV families in their homes. Anyone interested in learning more can email  

“Dar Al-Taqwa is proud to be partnering with other Muslim organizations in our region to provide essential items to refugees fleeing from Afghanistan,” said Dar Al-Taqwa’s Public Relations Director Shaista Hira. “When our sisters and brothers are in need, it’s vital that we come together and do our part to help. We hope this donation drive will raise awareness of the situation in Afghanistan while inspiring the youth and children in our community to help and support each other whenever possible.” 

“The Islamic Society of Baltimore continues to support the Muslim community across the world,” said the mosque’s Councilmember Momen Abukhdeir. “It is our duty and honor to partner with local organizations to aid our Afghan brothers and sisters.” 

“The current situation in Afghanistan is weighing heavily on so many of us,” said Muslim Family Center President Ehab Hasan. “Currently, there is an urgent need to ensure a smooth transition for Afghan refugees, including men, women, and children, to their new homes. At a time when there is so much need, locally and around the world, the Muslim community, and Muslim Family Center (MFC) in particular, are dedicated to partnering with local and national organizations to provide immediate and ongoing support. We are committed to helping those in need, and pray for a smooth transition for our new guests.” 

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. 

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR Maryland Director Zainab Chaudry, 410-971-6062, 

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