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Kira a six year old refugee from the Ukraine.

Olesia and Kira’s Story: Our Whole Life Packed Up

Olesia came to the United States with nothing but a small bag and her six-year-old daughter, Kira, in tow.

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Olesia and Kira's Story

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Refugee Resettlement

September 6, 2023

Bhuwan’s Story: Hope Was There

Bhuwan Pyakurel lived in a refugee camp with his family for 18 years before being resettled by Global Refuge. He was elected to the city council of Reynoldsburg, Ohio in 2020.

Refugee Resettlement

September 6, 2023

Emillie’s Story: Crossing the River

Emillie was only 8 years old when she and her family were forced to flee the Democratic Republic of Congo. They spent 15 years living in Uganda as refugees—but they knew it was not their home.

Refugee Resettlement · Immigration Crisis

September 1, 2023

Ukraine Generations: Three Mothers Resettled

When the war broke out in Ukraine, Liubov Hromova was forced to pack four generations of her family into a car and flee, leaving a lifetime of memories behind.

Refugee Resettlement

August 29, 2023

Huda’s Story: As A Hardworking Single Mother

I was resettled to VA in 2014 as a refugee with my three minor daughters. Since that time, my husband has been waiting in Jordan in immigration limbo, hoping to reunite with us in the U.S. 

Refugee Resettlement

August 29, 2023

Basel’s Story: Opening the Doors to Love

Before I met Rana, I had never even thought about going to the United States. I was working with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, helping people as a first-responder in a Syria that was crumbling before our eyes.

Refugee Resettlement · Immigration Crisis

August 29, 2023

Delia’s Story: A Mosaic Of Immigration Stories

My mother is from a little town called Alamo, in South Texas on the border. She lived there with her three siblings and her parents, and they lived with their landlords, Concepcion “Connie” and Rafael.