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July 21, 2017

This Week in Refugee News- July 21, 2017

Each week we collect the most interesting, inspiring and innovative refugee stories from around the world to share with you. Here are this week’s picks:

Exciting Day for Hello Neighbor (via Medium)

“Hello Neighbor offers Americans the opportunity to connect with refugees as friends and neighbors to share meals, assist with driving lessons, and joyfully celebrate life moments like birthdays and graduations.” Anne-Marie Grey, Executive Director and CEO of USA for UNHCR

Pittsburgh based non-profit Hello Neighbor receives a grant from USA for UNHCR and The Heinz Endowments for mentorship program that connects newly resettled refugees with local community members.

Read more about Hello Neighbor and how Pittsburgh is standing with refugees!

How Do You Make the International Community Care About the Refugee Crisis? (via NPR)

Today there are more than 65 million people globally who have been driven from their homes because of war and persecution. That’s roughly the population of Texas and California combined. It can seem overwhelming. But behind the numbers are people, and hearing their stories spurs action.

Listen to UN Refugee Agency spokesperson Melissa Fleming tell the story of one young woman, a Syrian refugee, who became an unlikely hero and an inspiration.

Making the Za’atari Refugee Camp a Community (via USA for UNHCR)

Imagine a refugee camp with the population of Scranton, Pennsylvania — that’s how big Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan is.

This month marks the five-year anniversary of the opening of the camp, and while Za’atari is a place full of homesickness, it also brims with ideas and initiative.

Learn more about how Syrian families fleeing war add culture and community to their temporary homes.

Ask a Syrian Girl Video Series (via Teen Vogue)

How do you challenge misconceptions and celebrate the diversity and strength of young women refugees? Simply ask them about their experiences.

Meet inspirational Syrian refugees as they share their dreams and fears about the future while breaking down stereotypes and misconceptions.

10 Children’s Books About Immigration & Refugees That Teach the Importance Of Cultural Diversity (via Romper)

Want to talk to your kids about the refugee crisis but don’t know how to start?

These books are a great icebreaker and can help you explain the refugee crisis, while teaching your children compassion.

Check out the recommendations and start reading with your children today!