Today is World Refugee Day.
I recognize how privileged I am to travel by choice with the knowledge that I have a nationality and nation to come back to. This is not the reality for millions of displaced people around the globe.
With 65.3 million people displaced or seeking asylum, collectively refugees would make up the 24th largest nation*. Children compose 50% of that number.
The United Nations recognizes 193 nations, with about 30 countries regularly resettling those who are displaced, including the USA.
That means in the United States, there's an incredible opportunity to make a positive impact in the lives of people who may have experienced unspeakable trauma, a loss of home, family, or identity. One thing we can do is educate ourselves and our communities about these realities.
Check out ways educators can help.
Other suggestions: mentor youth in your community, host a student through a reputable exchange program, volunteer at a refugee resettlement center, teach or volunteer at a Citizenship or ESL class, be a friend!
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