We are all refugees

Contemporary Issues

Syrian refugees come in on a boat from Turkey, in Mytilene, on the island of Lesbos, Greece on Friday, October 9th, 2015. Once refugees get processed and get papers after their arrival in Lesbos, they can exchange money and buy ferry tickets to get to Athens.(Photo credit/Tara Todras-Whitehill for IRC)

According to new United Nations data, in 2018 a record 70.8 million people were forcibly displaced – double the number 20 years ago. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) president David Miliband says these figures are “a wake-up call to the human cost of war, economic misery and climate stress.”

I have covered this crisis since the Arab Spring started in 2011 for organizations such as the IRC, UNICEF, UNDP, The New York Times, Buzzfeed, among others. The NGOs that are working on refugee issues are tireless and the people who are affected all have personal stories that deserve to be shared.

“We are all refugees. In one way or another. I embrace this fact. You should too.” – Sayan Das