Home. The word indicates a physical place where a person lives. It also carries an emotional undertone, somewhere that evokes a sense of belonging, security and personal history. But for more than 100 million people – displaced individuals and families – home in both the physical and emotional sense no longer even exists. All over the world, men, women and children are fleeing oppression, conflict and disaster, leaving the place that was their home as they are forced to start over.    

  • 50 percent of the world’s refugees are children. 
  • An estimated of 29 percent of internally displaced people are young women. 
  • Young refugees are 30 percent less likely to complete primary school. 

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With more than 100 million refugees and displaced people around the world today, this topic has never been more relevant.
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There has been record-breaking fundraising to support the people of Ukraine during this crisis. Still, dozens of other refugee populations around the world today aren’t getting enough attention.
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The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) is guided by a simple phrase: all people have inherent worth, power, and dignity. Since its founding during WWII, UUSC and supporters have actively pursued innovative ways to address some of the most pressing human rights issues of the day —providing support to people confronting oppression, coordinating relief efforts…
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The concept of home is complicated. But for more than 80 million people, home in both the physical and emotional sense no longer even exists.
The global COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted and threatened the wellbeing of refugees around the world, imposing an even greater uphill battle.
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For centuries, immigrants have flocked to the United States, writing the story of America as they created communities, structured governments and formed the foundation of our country.



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Ahmad, the nephew of one of our staff, is a 25 year-old living in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. Like other Palestine refugees, as a school-aged kid, he attended the local UNRWA school where he got a solid education. Ahmad gets up every day and tries to make ends meet for his family….
You may have heard about Loay Elbasyouni, one of the engineers behind the historic first helicopter flight on Mars. He’s also a Palestine refugee and a graduate of UNRWA schools. As a child in the Gaza Strip, Loay Elbasyouni was always tinkering around with whatever he could get his hands on. A curious and clever…
Michel became a mom in June 2021, when baby Nathan was born; she’s part of the Wayuu community. She lives with her dad, brother and another child that a friend asked her to care for two years ago. She’s a medical laboratory technician and holds a B.A. in Administration. Although she currently works as a…
Anna S. sits on her bunk at a shelter for refugees. She and her family fled Kharkiv when the fighting became too intense, and missiles nearly destroyed her family’s home. She has been staying at the shelter for 2 weeks. Her children, 11 and 12, just started attending a Polish school. Her daughter has had…
A fight against the spread of hunger is underway across East Africa, where 32.9 million people are experiencing a complex hunger crisis driven by conflict, the economic impacts of the global pandemic, swarms of desert locusts, and extreme weather conditions. According to the United Nations, at least 5.3 million people in Ethiopia, South Sudan, and…
It feels like a lifetime ago that the image of Alan Kurdi, a young Syrian boy who drowned in the Mediterranean Sea, made global headlines. That tragic image shocked the world. It brought attention to the conflict in Syria that has forced millions of people from their homes. This month marks ten years since the…