Afghan refugees arrive, temporarily, in northern Virginia


Buses of Afghan contractors and their families pulling into one of the gates at Fort Lee on July 30, 2021. As American forces continue to evacuate American citizens and Afghan allies from Afghanistan, more refugees are expecting to be placed at military bases across the country. Photo: Delaney Hall/8News

ANNANDALE, Va. (AP) — Hundreds of Afghan refugees are staying at a northern Virginia campus as they await relocation to a more permanent destination.

News outlets report that refugees spent the night at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale after arriving at Dulles International Airport Friday night.

A college spokesperson said the refugees will stay at the campus anywhere from a few hours to a few days.

Many refugees are destined for Army bases.

The Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management set up more than 500 cots in ballrooms and community rooms.

As word of the refugees’ arrival spread, volunteers from the region’s Afghan community brought food, clothes, toiletries and other supplies.

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