February 21

Federal official visits Maine refugee business owners: Photos

Anne Richard, assistant secretary of state, visits Maine on Friday.

Gordon Chibroski
Staff Photographer

Ali Rikan, a resettled refugee from Iraq and manager of Babylon Restaurant, which is owned by his brother and sister, meets with Anne Richard, assistant secretary of state. Richard came to Maine on Friday to meet with local resettled refugees, particularly in the Iraqi and Somali communities, and resettlement agencies. A news release about the visit referred to Portland as a model for refugee resettlement.


Ali Rikan, manager of Babylon Restaurant, left, and Chef Khudhair Khudhair, second from left, both resettled refugees from Iraq, talk with Anne Richard, assistant secretary of state, right, and Ali Farid, employment case manager for Catholic Charities, second from right, during a tour by Richard of businesses owned by resettled refugees in Maine on Friday. Richard also was scheduled to visit the L.L. Bean Distribution Center in Freeport, and Tandoor Bread and Home Health Care Solutions, both in Portland.

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