Today is World Refugee Day, established by the United Nations to honor the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homes under threat of persecution, conflict and violence.
Like me, you may be surprised to learn that there are over 43.7 million refugees and internally displaced people around the world. Many of whom find their way here to the U.S. in need of food, shelter and care. Our hearts go out to these men and women as we think of what it must be like being the mother or father of a sick and hungry child and having to decide between risking your life staying in a conflict or leaving behind everything in search of safety.
Several of these people don’t speak English as a first language and may find it incredibly difficult to find the help they need. At VIA, we believe that bridging the language gap is key to ensuring culturally diverse communities can have equal access to much needed healthcare. For more information on how to address The Growing Challenges of Health Literacy read our brief.
For more information on how you can to participate in World Refugee Day in the USA please visit http://www.worldrefugeeday.us/.