More than a million people have fled to Europe this year, mostly Syrian refugees. The United States has pledged to welcome 10,000 Syrians in 2016, but elected officals in many states are pushing back. They're citing unfounded security fears and a real lack of understanding of who refugees are and why they desperately need protection and a new start in a welcoming country.
The International Rescue Committee launched a new publication on Medium called “Uprooted” to help tell the stories of the individual human beings behind the tragic numbers in this global refugee crisis.
What’s in my bag?
We asked a mother, a child, a teenager, a pharmacist, an artist, and a family of 31 to share the contents of their bags and show us what they managed to hold on to from their homes. Their possessions tell stories about their past and their hopes for the future.
What refugees ask when they reach Europe
Some of the most common questions aid workers get are also the most unexpected ... IRC counsellors, social workers and translators do their best to address refugees’ concerns and answer their most pressing questions. Here are the 10 most frequently asked questions:
How bad would things have to get?
IRC Voice Piper Perabo asks: "How bad would things have to get, for you to spend all of your money so your family could cram into a small, flimsy, rubber boat with 40 other people?"
Four myths that threaten the safety of refugees
The U.S. has committed to welcoming 10,000 Syrian refugees in 2016. This is not nearly enough to rescue those most at risk. However, some elected officials, citing unfounded fears that terrorists may infiltrate the refugee resettlement programme, are calling for a halt to their arrival or cuts to funding for refugee assistance. Here are four myths that drive such misguided efforts and threaten the safety of refugees.
Are we going to die today?
It’s not an easy task to console children who have had to say goodbye to their homes, witness violence and become hardened by loss, especially when parents themselves have lost control of their own lives. We spoke with six families on Lesbos about the difficult questions their children ask about their escape to Europe.
Two Afghan refugees
Actress and IRC Voice Sarah Wayne Callies wrote about her visit to Serbia with the IRC where she met with refugees who told her about the dangers they fled and their hopes for the future.