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• Luma Mufleh explains why it is important to support refugees while believing in their potential rather than pitying them.
• How can funders help to shift international conversations about refugees to focus on their potential to contribute to communities?
• Learn about asset-based funding models for addressing refugee crises.
'We have seen advances in every aspect of our lives -- except our humanity,' says Luma Mufleh, a Jordanian immigrant and Muslim of Syrian descent who founded the first accredited school for refugees in the United States. Mufleh shares stories of hope and resilience, explaining how she's helping young people from war-torn countries navigate the difficult process of building new homes. Get inspired to make a personal difference in the lives of refugees with this powerful talk.
There are 65.3 million people who have been forcibly displaced from their homes because of war or persecution. The largest number, 11 million, are from Syria. 33,952 people flee their homes daily, the vast majority of them live in refugee camps that cannot be defined as humane by anyone's definition. We are participating in the degradation of humans. Never have we had numbers this high.
In the last two years we have seen an escalating anti-refugee sentiment. It's global. The numbers continue to grow because we do nothing to prevent it and nothing to stop it. The issue shouldn't be stopping refugees from coming into our countries, the issue should be not forcing them to leave their own. Not only do we shame blame and reject them for atrocities that they have absolutely nothing to do with, we re-traumatize them when we are supposed to be welcoming them into our countries
Watch for more on Luma Mufleh's family's journey and how she is helping young people from war-torn countries in this important talk. Their journeys are haunting, but Mufleh says what she gets to see every day is hope, resilience, determination, a love of life and appreciation for being able to rebuild their lives.
Read the full article on refugees by Luma Mufleh at TED.