Aug 27, 2021 - News
Family of five among first Afghan refugees to arrive in Des Moines
Refugees board a US aircraft heading to Germany, after being evacuated from Kabul.
Refugees board a U.S. aircraft heading to Germany, after being evacuated from Kabul. Photo: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP via Getty Images

An Afghan refugee family that arrived in Des Moines on Sunday is among the first to be welcomed here as thousands flee increasingly treacherous conditions after the Taliban seized power.

Who they are: A mom and dad, as well as their four-year-old son and twin one-year-old boys, said Leng Vong Reiff, a local volunteer that helps refugees.

You can help by making a monetary donation via Reiff's Venmo.

  • Or donate to USCRI's work helping immigrants and refugees in Iowa.

A full circle: Reiff, who's Tai Dam, came to the U.S. as a refugee from Laos in the 1970s after the Vietnam War.

  • She said she's felt compelled to help other refugees after Iowans opened their homes decades ago.
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