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Matchmaking Talented Refugees With Employers in France

An online platform helps refugees find jobs and companies find motivated, skilled employees.

Action Emploi Refugies has helped 150 refugees find a job
Action Emploi Refugies has helped 150 refugees find a job
Sophie Douce

PARIS — "Hey, that's pretty!" "How's the train?" In this Parisian shop in the 17th arrondissement, a soon-to-be bride is trying on a long satin dress. The candy-pink boudoir is filled with luxurious materials, Calais embroidered collars, lace bustiers and silk chiffon fabrics.

Behind a pile of heavy rolls of cloth, Hafiz Ghanbari, dressed in an impeccable shirt and suit pants, is working on his sewing machine. "Yes, it's a dream job," he admits shyly amid two clanks. This 27-year-old Afghan refugee has been through a lot. He fled war in his hometown of Ghanzi, Afghanistan, when he was 9. "My family was in danger there. I was afraid I was going to die," he remembers. He's a member of the Hazara community, persecuted by the Taliban. After 15 years in exile in Iran, where he learned to sew in carpet shops, he moved to Norway and worked odd jobs, until finally obtaining asylum in France in 2015.

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The Main COVID Risk Now: Long COVID

Death rates are down, masks are off, but many who have been infected by COVID have still not recovered. Long COVID continues to be hard to diagnose and treatments are still in the developmental stage.

Long COVID feels like a never-ending nightmare for those who suffer from it.

Jessica Berthereau

PARIS — The medical examination took longer than expected in the Parc de Castelnau-le-Lez clinic, near the southern French city of Montpellier. Jocelyne had come to see a specialist for long COVID-19, and exits the appointment slowly with help from her son. The meeting lasted more than an hour, twice as long as planned.

“I’m a fighter, you know, I’ve done a lot of things in my life, I’ve been around the world twice… I’m not saying this to brag, but to tell you my background," says the 40-year-old. "These days, I’m exhausted, I’m not hungry, I no longer drive, I can’t work anymore, I have restless legs syndrome.” She pauses before adding sadly: “I can’t read anymore either.”

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