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This Syrian Refugee has Big Dreams for Her New Life in Baltimore
Despite the tragedy she endured in Syria, the moment you meet Iman, you are struck by her openhearted smile and warm presence. She’s an extrovert who clearly loves people. Iman says Baltimore has been a welcoming place for her, and that she is part of the city’s small Syrian community. “I feel comfortable here,” she says, “It feels like home.” She is proud of the progress she’s already made in her recently adopted city, and is fiercely determined to move forward. “I don’t have little hopes for the future,” Iman says, “I have big hopes.”
The Ivy Bookshop hosts author Mohsin Hamid on March 11th to benefit the IRC in Baltimore
The Ivy Bookshop is hosting author Mohsin Hamid on March 11th to launch his new book, Exit West. All book proceeds from the event will benefit the IRC in Baltimore.
Photo Series: Dinner Time with Darfurian Refugee Families
Photographer Farrah Arnold recently spent meal time with two Darfurian families resettled by the IRC in Baltimore. After the men initially arrived a few years ago, they worked with IRC's Immigration Program to bring their families here from insecure environments in refugee camps in Chad. The families look to the future together in Baltimore. The president's recent executive order jeopardizes future family reunifications from Sudan.
You can see more of Farrah Arnold's work at http://farrah.photoshelter.com/index
Strengthening Our Commitment to Refugee Resettlement in 2017
The director of the IRC in Maryland, Ruben Chandrasekar, takes a retrospective look at refugee resettlement in the US and Maryland, while looking forward towards the challenges and hopes that lie ahead in 2017.
After Fleeing Persecution in Uganda for Being Gay, This Refugee Still Wants to Help Others
Unlike many refugees coming into the United States seeking escape from the horrors of war or natural disasters, Sharifa was forced to flee Uganda because she is gay and had become an LGBT rights advocate. In her country, such activities were illegal and punishable by long prison terms or worse. Sharifa and her family began their new lives in Baltimore in February 2016, when they were greeted at BWI airport by representatives from the International Rescue Committee. “I admit I did not know much about IRC,” she says, “and was surprised at how much support we received.”
Photo Essay: Dinner with a Syrian Family in Baltimore
Farrah Arnold, an area photographer, spent meal time with several Baltimore area refugee families, photographing the quiet family time centered around the dinner table. This photo essay features the Almshhad family from Syria. After their neighbor's house in Syria was bombed, the family of eight fled in the middle of the night with their car headlights off. Two kind men who helped guide them were later killed. The family was resettled in Baltimore in August of this year after several years in a refugee camp in Jordan.
How You Can Help Refugees in Baltimore
Here's how you can help refugees in Baltimore.
New Partnership Will Provide Diapers for Refugee Kids
ShareBaby, a young area nonprofit that provides diapers to parents in need, and the IRC in Baltimore announce a new partnership.
Human Rights Day with the IRC in Baltimore
Please join us as we commemorate Human Rights Day and look back on this busy year of assisting refugees. We will also pay tribute to our supporters and look ahead to 2017, with special focus on our family reunification efforts.
The Empty Frame: The Forgotten Struggle of Eritrean Refugees
Because of the fraught situation in the Middle East, Syrian refugees have deservedly been in the news and on television in the past few years. But Syrians are not the only population of refugees fleeing desperate circumstances, or willing to undergo a perilous journey by land and sea to reach safety. One such population that does not receive much media attention is Eritrean refugees.