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Where Houston’s Afghan Refugees Go For A Taste Of Home

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May 02, 2022
Where Houston’s Afghan Refugees Go For A Taste Of Home

Over the past year, Houston has taken in more Afghan refugees than any other American city. When they arrive, Omer Yousafzai is there to welcome them. He owns The Afghan Village restaurant, which has become a community hub and gathering place for Afghans and non-Afghans alike. Dan heads to Houston to share a meal with Omer at The Afghan Village. Over palau and kabobs — cooked with the help of Omer’s nine-year-old son — they talk about how Omer’s time as a defense contractor in the war in Afghanistan inspired him to open the restaurant, the place’s rocky first days, and why some people eat there for free.

If you are looking for organizations helping to resettle Afghans and Ukrainians displaced by war, you can check out The Alliance in Houston, and the International Rescue Committee.

The Sporkful production team includes Dan Pashman, Emma Morgenstern, Andres O'Hara, Johanna Mayer, Tracey Samuelson, and Jared O'Connell. 

Interstitial music in this episode by Black Label Music:

  • "False Alarm" by Hayley Briasco
  • "Steady" by Cullen Fitzpatrick
  • "Lost and Found" by Casey Hjelmberg
  • "On The Floor" by Cullen Fitzpatrick
  • "Homefront" by Jack Ventimiglia
  • "Child Knows Best" by Jack Ventimiglia
  • "Can't Bring Me Down" by Jack Ventimiglia

Photo courtesy of Dan Pashman.

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