“Our father sheltered us from the pain that he had to endure in order to protect us,” explains Haya. “Now as we continue to discover our family’s past through his stories, we realize how lucky we are to have more opportunities and more freedom,” she continues.
Twin sisters Haya and Ghena were born as refugees in Jordan after their parents and older siblings fled threats of kidnapping and persecution in Iraq. When the twins were just three years old, the family was welcomed to the U.S. for resettlement and a chance to rebuild a peaceful life.
Today, the number of forcibly displaced people has hit a record high with over 100 million people forced to flee from their homes due to conflicts and persecution. At this moment, millions of refugees and displaced people from Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen and Ukraine are facing the most challenging moment of their lives. Your support can help save lives, protect human rights and ensure that resettled refugees like Haya and Ghena have a bright future.
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