Refugee committee in Missoula celebrates 5 years, continues welcoming Afghans

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Eamon Fahey, deputy director of the International Rescue Committee Missoula, and development coordinator Sarah Howerton are part of the staff of the organization that helps people fleeing traumatic situations in other countries to resettle in Montana.

TOM BAUER, Missoulian Zoe Buchli

The International Rescue Committee (IRC), the only refugee resettlement agency in Montana, celebrated its five-year anniversary in August.

IRC opened in Missoula in 2016 and has been working nonstop since to aid individuals fleeing traumatic situations in their home countries in resettling into northwestern Montana.

Originally starting with a staff of two, the committee has grown into an organization with nine employees, three AmeriCorps volunteers and a handful of interns.

Eamon Fahey is deputy director of the IRC Missoula branch. In the five years here, he estimates just over 400 refugees have been resettled in the community — a majority from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Others have come from Syria, Iraq and recently, Afghanistan.

Refugees resettled by IRC have enrolled at the University of Montana, found jobs at

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