With a population of about 4,000 people, Mojave is an unincorporated community in southeast Kern County.

More than 100 Afghan refugees have been resettled in Mojave, and more may be on the way, as part of a national humanitarian response being managed locally by a coalition of nonprofits, local agencies and nongovernmental organizations.

The temporary placement of 20 families has ramped up recently after starting about two years ago, people involved with the effort report. They said the availability of housing in a local mobile home park was part of the reason why the refugees were sent to聽the desert community of about 4,000 people in eastern Kern.