We agree & #weaccept

Please meet Hassan and his family. Besides the hard work in the fields, he managed to study Mathematics in Sudan and, teaching was his dream job. But in the meantime he was forced to leave the country just before graduating, as his ethnic group was facing human rights violations. Hassan, his wife and their kids are now living in Columbia, South Carolina. The family arrived in late 2016 and is being supported by the local refugee action. Beyond headlines, there is so much to learn from these folks who are often facing and escaping situations that we all fear.

Picture by Euphrates Institute

According to UN Refugee Agency, 65.3 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are approximately 21.3 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18. There are also 10 million stateless people who have been denied a nationality and access to basic rights such as education, healthcare, employment and freedom of movement.

With the issue of refugees being a regular topic, we should remind ourselves of the many contributions made by them throughout the world history, right? Not really.

Current screening procedures for refugees in the United States covers various layers of security checks and believe, processes can take up to two years. Since American government limited immigration, Silicon Valley, particularly executives from the tech companies, have raised their voices towards the matter. Fortunately, as a flavor of diversity, it seems that the big guys over there came from different places in the world or are relatives of someone who did or know a mate who did and so on.

“I’m here because I’m a refugee”, tweeted Google cofounder Sergey Brin. Steve Jobs’ natural father came from Syria, Mr. Zuckerberg great-grandparents came from Eastern Europe and his wife’s parents, were refugees from Asia.

To boost this mood, in a simple and meaningful statement, Airbnb Super Bowl LI commercial promoted diversity, celebrating folks as human beings, reminding that our backgrounds doesn’t matter — who we are, who we love or who we worship — we all belong. In only 30 seconds, with each photo that appears on the screen, the brand illustrates how the world has more beauty and flow when we are all accepted.

“It is core to our mission to bring strangers together who help each other in various ways” said the organization’s president, Mr. David Miliband.“So many Americans were refugees. It’s core to the identity and success of the country.” Indeed, Mr. Miliband, indeed…

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