What is a Refugee?

by Khadijah, The Calhoun School, Class of 2020

What is a refugee? A refugee is a person who has been forced to leave their country of origin due to war, famine, persecution, or natural disasters.

There are roughly 70 million refugees in the world. Of that number, 50 million are children. 1 in 3 children living outside their country of birth is a refugee.

While the world is overcome with the COVID-19 pandemic, the lives of refugees increase in difficulty. Kept in close quarters with lack of food, clean water, and medical care many refugees are getting ill and being tossed aside. Hundreds of refugees left Syria on a boat hoping to gain refuge in neighbouring countries, but instead they are denied entry into countries and are dying on their borders. While many are complaining about being locked in a home with a roof, a stocked pantry, and all your necessities; remember the people stranded in the middle of the ocean, starving, and taking their last breaths.


Despite all the sadness, you can bring light into someone’s lives! Donating can help save a life even if it’s just a small amount. A single dollar in another country’s currency can feed a family for a week, buy much needed medical supplies, or help with basic necessities. You can make change! Donate to organizations like Amaana Hands to help the refugee crisis. With your aid Amaana Hands is able to get these life saving equipment to people in desperate need! Empower yourself, empower others, empower change.