What is a Refugee?
Today, nearly 60 million people around the world have been forced to leave their countries and homes, searching for safety. Many men, women, and children are living in temporary shelters and camps. These are Refugees. Refugees are people who live in countries experiencing poverty and war. Because of these life threatening issues they are forced to flee their homeland. Some of the countries that are fled most are Syria, Myanmar, the Dominican Republic of Congo, Somalia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Most refugees are forced to flee on foot, traveling hundreds of miles. Some have fled to neighboring countries, and many have even made the trek across many thousands of miles, like from Syria to Germany.
Our Read-Aloud Book, Home of the Brave: Connections and Thoughts
Group 6 read a book called Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate. This book is about a brave refugee named Kek from Sudan. He was forced to flee to the United States of America without his mother who got lost in a raid. After we read the book, we read articles about current Syrian refugees who were able to escape the war in Syria and move to the U.S. Some are still waiting to flee their countries, but cannot. The articles inspired Group 6 to start brainstorming how to help these people. One of the articles we read was about a Syrian family whose children’s school was destroyed in a series of attacks. The family left Syria, and now the family found refuge in the U.S.
We connected the stories we read in the articles with Kek’s story. We understood that when there is a war, there is no other choice but to flee and leave everything behind. It takes awhile to adjust to the new lifestyle of living in a new country. It is a hard adjustment because they must rebuild everything that was in their life that they once had and now lost, such as family, language, culture, traditions, and work.
When we compare our lives to the lives of Kek and the Syrian refugees, we feel grateful for what we have, and we feel inspired to do all that we can to give a helping hand.
Giving a Helping Hand
Group 6 split up into different committees in hopes to help refugees in different ways. We are writing a letter to the President about letting more refugees into the U.S., having a bake sale to raise money to donate to refugees, helping to spread the word about these refugees by writing this letter in the Westland blog, and made a class project to remember our experiences in learning about refugees.
YOU can help refugees by donating to helpful organizations, such as the International Rescue Committee (IRC), CARE Humanitarian Organization, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and so many more. We encourage you to please give a helping hand because refugees all over the world are struggling to earn money, get food, and even clothes; so please donate today. Thank you!
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