Olympics: The 2016 Olympics started in Rio on August 5, with over 200 country participants. For the first time in Olympic history, there is a refugee team competing under the Olympics’ official flag. Coming from Syria, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Ethiopia, these athletes are refugees fleeing from their home countries to escape violence, persecutions, and wars. The decision to have a refugee team to compete in the Olympics was praised as it would help raising awareness of the current refugee plight as well as giving hopes to the displaced populations.Read More
Imagine being separated from your children due to war and not knowing how to contact them. Years go by and you wonder whether or not they are still alive. Had they managed to escape the violence? You have little information about their whereabouts and don’t know where to turn. You, yourself, are alone in a different country and speak little of the native language. Where do you go for help?
This was the situation facing Victoria, a refugee from Liberia now living in the United States.
I have been in Tijuana for 10 months since I was deported. I volunteer at the shelter. I guard the front door. I have seen people that have been deported from the United States, as well as people who have migrated from the south on their way north.
I have family in the United States, a young son. I’ve received a lifetime ban from re-entering. So, I’m here for the time being and, while I’m here, I’m taking classes [at the shelter] to complete my high school education. I’m also studying computers. I put together my first PowerPoint presentation on sea turtles who are at risk of extinction.Read More
Shafiq wanted to study in Europe. He has now disappeared, like thousands of other Afghan migrants on the Balkan route.
Imagine how it must feel when your 15-year-old son calls you from Iran and asks your permission to go to Europe. This was the situation facing Haji Ghulam Mohammad in October last year. Shafiq was studying in Iran and staying with relatives there. Other relatives arrived from Afghanistan en route to Europe, and offered to take him with them.Read More
On Saturday, June 18, 2016, the American Red Cross of Central Oklahoma participated in World Refugee Day at Memorial Park in Oklahoma City. World Refugee Day acknowledges the resilience and courage of refugees throughout the world. This year’s event was titled “Many Cultures, One Community.” The American Red Cross Regional International Service Program Coordinator, Bart Frank, described the event as “a true collaboration of non-profit organizations in our community that come together each year to plan and celebrate the lives of refugees in our area.” “The Red Cross and The Spero Project assist Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City in picking the site, organizing entertainment, and providing supplies and volunteer support. Ten fantastic Red Cross volunteers assisted at the event today, passing out water, discussing disaster situations, and running our famous spinning wheel with prizes for young children who answered questions on disaster-related topics,” said Frank.Read More