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Local group welcomes Afghan orphans

Rochester, N.Y. Conflicts like the one in Syria can be frightening for those in a potential war zone, especially for kids.

One local volunteer group is trying to help kids who have felt the effects of war.

Project Life offers orphans from war-torn countries a chance to come to the Western New York countryside to rest, recover, make friends, learn new skills and have fun.

Local families gathered at the Greater Rochester International Airport Saturday opened their arms to kids from Afghanistan. The kids, ages 9-12, will spend two months in the Rochester area.

Project Life has helped restore childhoods to more than 130 kids since its inception in 1997.

Linda Redfield, program director, said its a simple, but important, mission.

Restore hope, get a chance to see life in a different place outside of their own living circumstances, and build relationships with the people that they meet here, she said, as a way of healing their time of sadness that's hit them so hard in their young lives."

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