Growing up in a middle class household in the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, I quickly discovered that I was one of the "lucky ones" in terms of my upbringing. I was blessed with a warm roof over my head, an excellent education, and was born within an environment in which I was given ultimate rights, natural privileges, and overall protection as a United States Citizen. I, also, quickly discovered, that those circumstances do not reside with everyone, and those whom believe otherwise are utmost naive and ignorant to their own surroundings. With this bit of knowledge, I refuse to look away and uphold the "out of sight, out of mind" policy. I was raised smarter than that. All of this is said to conclude my reasoning as to why I believe it is important to utilize any power or platform, to improve the life of others. Whether they be your neighbors, or a family on the other side of the world.
The International Rescue Committee is a global humanitarian aid, relief, and development nongovernmental organization. The IRC offers emergency aid and long-term assistance to refugees and those displaced by war, persecution, or natural disaster. The IRC is currently working in over 40 countries and 28 U.S. cities where it resettles refugees and helps them become self-sufficient. It focuses mainly on health, education, economic well-being, power, and safety. Half of Syria’s pre-war population of 22 million has been uprooted since the country’s horrendous civil war broke out in late 2011. Over 4 million people have escaped to neighboring countries and beyond, while an additional 7 million or so are displaced within the country. UN officials believe these estimates are low, since many refugees never register with the authorities. Numbers, of course, tell only part of the story. Every Syrian who flees the war is a human being who made an agonizing decision to leave home and now faces a deeply uncertain future. There’s no end in sight to the fighting in Syria and no coordinated international effort to resettle the refugees somewhere safe.