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Women and children first.

We’ve all seen the movie Titanic. We remember Jack and Rose clamoring to get up to the deck. We remember Captain Smith, solemn and steady, giving his final order: “Women and children first.”

In real life, the Titanic sank in 160 minutes. And in those minutes, its crew prioritized the ship’s women and children, sending them first to the lifeboats, first to a safer fate. This had been the precedent on water for decades, and the reasoning behind it was simple: In times of danger, women and children are often the most vulnerable.

That was true in 1912, and it’s true today. Especially for refugees. …

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Luma Mufleh

Luma Mufleh is founder and director of Fugees Family, Inc., a non-profit organization devoted to working with child survivors of war.

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