Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Escape & Rescue

"The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a non-profit organization that helps displaced people from different countries."

"We were privileged to receive a presentation from Mirna Dickey, a family support coordinator. She told us about what the organization does, it resettles refugee from different countries into the US and has offices in refugee camp in 42 different countries."

"A refugee is person who has to flee from their home countries. They are people fleeing from war, not natural disaster."

"A refugee, when they have to flee has a confusing and scared time.  It's like leaving everything you know and are used to, for something new and different.  If I was in that position I don't know what I would do or how I would feel.  Some people who have families get separated and that would be hard for anybody."

"There are 16 million refugees in the world in 2010."

"Many refugees have to stay in camps for many years waiting for their chance to leave the camp."

"There are 3 solutions for a normal life for a refugee. 1: Voluntary return to country of origin. That is when the refugees returns to his/her country when the conflict is over. 2: Host country integration, which is when they gain citizenship in the country they fled to. 3: Resettlement in 3rd country."

"I thought is was interesting that the US accepts half of the 1% that are chosen for resettlement, which is around 80,000 per year."

"They (IRC) help you with English, basic skills like money counting and check writing, and help with finding a job.  They also pay for an apartment for you for up to six months."

"One thing that struck me was the lengths they (IRC) go to to get a refugee a job."

"What they’re doing is great, and they really have made a difference."

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