Why We Shouldn’t Feel Sorry for Refugees

Why We Shouldn’t Feel Sorry for Refugees

The hope, resilience and appreciation of opportunity that stands out in refugees

Every day we see another story about refugees from war torn countries struggling to find safety in freedom and a new life elsewhere.  While we may feel for these people, how many of us actually do anything to help?

Luma Mufleh is a daughter of a refugee, and herself a Jordanian immigrant and Muslim of Syrian descent. She coaches soccer to refugee children and is determined to empower refugee children everywhere.

“We have seen advances in every aspect of our lives – except our humanity,” she says. “We resettle less than 0.1 percent of refugees, and that percent benefits us more than it does them.”

Luma founded the first accredited school for refugees in the United States and is the founder and director of Fugees Family, an after-school tutoring program, and middle school called Fugees Academy, and is the head coach of the Fugees soccer teams which has over 86 refugee teens.

Mufleh shares stories of hope and resilience, explaining how she’s helping young people from war-torn countries navigate the difficult process of building new homes. “Despite their haunting and truly traumatic journeys, their hope, resilience, love of life and appreciation of opportunity is what stands out.”

Get inspired to make a personal difference in the lives of refugees with this powerful talk.


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