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James, 12,676 km
"We need to teach people that peace is the key to economic development. South Sudan is not for one tribe, it is for everybody."

Photo credits: IOM/Muse Mohammed

Edhabo, 13,896 km
"With all the challenges I've faced, I decided not to think about what I’m going through because I know I will be okay in the future."

Photo credits: IOM/Muse Mohammed 2016

Abdi, 14,742 km
"I lived the normal refugee life, having to go to school with no shoes and barely one meal a day."
Sandy, 3,311 km
"Adapting to new cultures, cities & people is easy compared to how big it means having to leave your family."

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Oussama, 8,981 km
"Every move has been fundamental to my success. If I had stayed in my home country would I have won three Olympic medals?"
Carmela, 5,580 km
"I now work with immigrant families and survivors of domestic abuse and often share my story with them."
Chieko, 10,162 km
“My parents' view of America changed when they saw that I was happy and I was taking every opportunity I could get."
Kamolnan, 13,887 km
"To me home is wherever the people I hold dear to my heart are. But unfortunately, this is not a comfort that everyone is afforded."
Xavier , 2,677 km
"For me, the "American dream" is not to have a house or a lot of money. For me, the dream is to do what I like."
Camille, 3,715 km
“The only difference between you and another person is the fact that they got an opportunity in life that you did not have.”
Ahmed, 9,444 km
“We know we will face challenges but I am certain they will not be as difficult as having to face death every day.”
Jennifer , 8,915 km
"I felt like I had been hit by a culture that was a century in the future compared to the one I had come from."
Meron, 12,580 km
“Whenever I migrated to a new country I always told myself, ‘there is a mountain ahead of you, face it.’”
Alejandra, 1,492 km
"When migrating for work reasons you must open yourself to new challenges or, as I see it, new adventures!"
Natasha, 11,732 km
"I had accepted my place as an outsider in America, but realizing that I was an outsider in Japan as well was heartbreaking."
Bounthanh, 13,305 km
"Everyone that comes to our door gets the help they need."

Photo credit: Facebook/Ahmed Badr

Ahmed, 11,835 km
“I think there is no better time than now to get my story out there and put a face to the word Muslim.”

Photo credit: Courtesy of Abdulfatha

Adbulfatha, 12,350 km
"I love the experience of coming from Ethiopia to a country that has pushed me to be involved within my community."

Photo credit: IOM/Hajer Naili

Deng, 12,676 km
“Privileges are things that I take seriously because not all of those who left the village survived. But I am one of them.”

Photo courtesy of Imam Zia/ No Lost Generation GWU

Imam Zia, 11,133 km
"This experience of being a refugee came with hardships but also with a lot of blessings."

 

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