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Book by David Miliband

Rescue: Refugees and the political crisis of our time

We are in the midst of a global refugee crisis. Sixty-five million people are fleeing for their lives. In his new book, Rescue: Refugees and the Political Crisis of our Time, International Rescue Committee president David Miliband shows why we should care and how we can make a difference.

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Rescue: Refugees and the Political Crisis of Our Time by David Miliband

In Rescue: Refugees and the Political Crisis of our Time (TED Books 2017), David Miliband takes us from war zones in the Middle East to peaceful suburbs in America to explain the crisis and show what can be done, not just by governments with the power to change policy but by citizens with the urge to change lives. His innovative and practical call to action shows that the crisis need not overwhelm us.

Miliband says this is a fight to uphold the best of human nature in the face of rhetoric and policy that humor the worst. He defends the international order built by Western leaders out of the ashes of World War II, but says now is the time for reform. Describing his family story and drawing revealing lessons from his life in politics, Miliband shows that if we fail refugees, then we betray our own history, values, and interests.

The message is simple: rescue refugees and we rescue ourselves.

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About David Miliband

David Miliband, president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, is a former Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom. As the son of refugees, he brings a personal commitment to the IRC's work.

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We can rescue the dignity and hopes of refugees and displaced people. And if we help them, in the process we will rescue our own values.

David MilibandPresident & CEO of the International Rescue Committee

David Miliband's 2017 TED talk on the refugee crisis.