HumanRefuge(e) was created to inspire individuals toward a more dimensional understanding of the world: one that is cross-cultural, cross-religious, and cross-gendered. By providing statistics and information on worldwide conflict and human displacement, social engagement opportunities, and refugees’ real experiences through photos, videos, and carefully curated stories in a single location, we aim to educate in a way that matches the pace of 2016. We hope that you will use these resources to discover your own way to engage the world and help transform lives, from tutoring a refugee in your community to supporting global reforms to providing immediate aid for the current crisis.
As Wael Ghonim said, “the power of the people is stronger than the people in power.” It is easy to feel immobilized and ineffectual in the face of overwhelming need, but every action has meaning and every conversation has value. Individual people create the forces that lead to the toppling of oppressors, to the continuing reforms in Ukraine, to the civil rights movement in the United States, and to the pursuit of Joseph Kony in Uganda. Time and again it is shown that change doesn’t happen without inspiration, passion, and invested people.
Our endeavor is not to tell you how to think or what actions to take, but to provide a firsthand account of the struggles and joys of those affected by global conflict. We believe it is vital for the world’s next step to be one that fosters understanding, expands empathy, and engages in the difficult and compelling conversations about the nature of what it means to be human. Upholding human dignity is at the forefront of our mission as migration crises unfold. Our dream is for the world to see all displaced persons as human beings, as our brothers, sisters, fathers, and mothers, to see their smiles, to hear their laughs, to know how they fall in love, and to stand together with them in whatever ways we can.