Standing up for refugees
The biggest driver of the refugee crisis is Syria, where more than six years of war have forced more than five million people to flee the country. Conflict has also played a devastating role in the lives of South Sudanese, nearly 4 million of whom have been driven from their homes. By late August 2017, more than one million had fled across the border into Uganda where Oxfam and its partners are supplying water to more than 89,000 people at the Bidi Bidi refugee settlement. Sheltering more than 270,000 people, it has grown quickly to be the largest in the world.
As election-fed xenophobia tested the welcoming values on which our nation has long stood, you joined us in vigorously defending the rights of refugees to resettle and pursue lives of dignity in the US and other countries. In partnership with Vanity Fair and Creator Julie Anne Robinson, we worked with celebrities to bring heartbreaking stories of Burundian, Syrian, and other refugees to more than a million viewers through our “I Hear You” video campaign.
We developed an immersive experience–Refugee Road–to help participants understand the many impossible decisions families make in search of safety. And we joined with the American Civil Liberties Union and the Massachusetts attorney general’s office to bring a lawsuit challenging President Trump’s discriminatory executive order barring Syrian refugees from entering the US indefinitely while suspending all refugee admissions for 120 days. As the case makes its way to the Supreme Court, we have been preparing an amicus brief on the issue. Inspired by all of this, more than 31,000 of you signed one of our refugee petitions and became new Oxfam supporters and activists.