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Who is a Refugee

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Since 2012, around 3500 individual clinical encounters have served refugees and survivors of torture, including children. Refugees are from Sudan, Burma, Bhutan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Eritrea, Congo and many other countries.

Who is a Refugee? A refugee is forced to flee his or her country because  of persecution, war, or violence. Cannot return  home because of a well-founded fear of persecution  based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion  or membership in a particular social group.

Some well- known figures through out history that have made profound and positive impacts on our society, happen to be refugees. Here are a few examples:

  • Albert Einstein: Theoretical Physicist
  • Jesus Christ: Religious Figure
  • Prophet Muhammad: Religious Figure
  • Madeleine Albright: American Politician and Diplomat
  • Sergey Brin: Co-founder of Google
  • Freddie Mercury: Musician
  • Salvador Dali- Artist

See more information about prominent refugees who made a difference. 

In 2018, children below 18 years of age comprised half of the refugee population. There are currently 138,600 unaccompanied and separated children.

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The short video “Most Shocking One Second a Day” linked below depicts the shocking experience refugee children:

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Passion Time with Patricia Gras: Who are Houston’s refugees?

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Alicia Key’s Music Video “Let Me In” is a tribute to the refugee crisis.

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Refugee Statistics from “USA for UNHCR”

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View facts, statistics and Global Trends At-a-Glance related to refugees from the website USA for UNHCR, The UN Refugee Agency. 

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