Afghan evacuee children settling into their new lives in the U.S. tend to meet a lot of adults: case managers, resettlement agency volunteers, teachers.

A new program in the Milwaukee area aims to connect them with American kids their own age.

The “Be a Buddy” program, run by the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition, has a bit of language-learning and cultural orientation in its twice-monthly Saturday events. But its main goal, organizers say, is simple: to let the kids have fun and make friends.

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By Sophie Carson

Ebony Cox / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel