Bedding Down for the Winter

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Growing up as a RefugeeGetting ready for winter takes on somewhat of a different outlook when you are refugee struggling to make a life away from home.

Earlier this week I spoke at our fundraising dinner for Syrian refugees at a local Syrian restaurant in Birmingham. My talk wasn’t about the situation from a removed perspective but was actually sharing stories on behalf of the refugees themselves. At the end of November I had the opportunity to join with the Global Aid Network staff from Canada on a visit to the work they are doing in Jordan to support Syrian Refugees.

It is striking that while we might think that since the chemical weapons have been removed that the situation is improving when the reality is very much the opposite and many of the Syrians we met reported that the conflict is in fact getting worse. There are now nearly 600,000 refugees in Jordan…

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