OLYMPIA — Washington has received about 340 Afghan refugees in recent weeks and expects to greet about 1,400 more in coming months, Gov. Jay Inslee said Friday, as he urged the state to join him in welcoming refugees.
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They married in April, but by the next month, Hans Wright was ordered out of Afghanistan and had to leave his bride behind. A Muslim who had helped Americans, she had to try three times to escape the Taliban.
These are people who assisted the United States with things like language interpretation and finding supplies, said retired U.S. Army Col. Mike FitzGerald, who's helping prepare for their arrival in Stillwater.
Brian O'Brien, pastor, Saint Francis Zavier Catholic Church in Stillwater.