In spite of efforts to reduce refugees to numbers and statistics, rhetoric that turns refugees into “security threats”, and labels that homogenize, generalize, and foreground their suffering, the refugees I interacted with in Kakuma and Kalobeyei defy many outsiders’ perceptions and expectations.
Although the United Nation Human Rights Convention enforces international organizations and governments to fully protect refugees and help in their settlement, a lot of the refugees find themselves in unsettling and waiting situations. Because they are waiting for their asylum status to be processed, or working on attaining a level […]
By the end of 2014, 19.5 million of refugees worldwide fled their homes in search of a place to call home, a place of safety. Of these, 51% were under 18 years old. This number continues to increase rapidly. They flee from their homes, running away from violence, death and poverty; but, […]
This article, written by IMPACT Managing Editor Sam Friedlander, is from the January/February 2016 issue of Unity Magazine. “There is something called peace.” Sometimes you hear someone speak and their words ingrain themselves into the creases on your palms and the blood in your veins. They settle into your bones and […]
This past summer, I worked at a day center for refugees in Rome, Italy, called the Joel Nafuma Refugee Center. The center welcomes more than 200 refugees every Monday to Saturday in the neighborhood of Monti. These centers exist as places for refugees to spend their time while waiting for their visa […]
This summer, I worked as a youth education intern with the Nashville International Center for Empowerment (NICE). NICE focuses on providing the refugee population of Nashville with the resources they need to succeed during and after resettlement in the US. I came into the internship wanting to meet people who […]
From the IMPACT Archives December 2014 By Sam Friedlander They’re calling them the Lost Generation. Back home, my generation is the iGeneration, the Selfie Generation, the Hashtag Generation. Cute, clever titles gently mock our self-obsession and reliance on technology. In Syria, they’re the Lost Generation. It’s not cute, it’s not […]