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World Refugee Day 2017

YouTube & the IRC team up for refugees

This World Refugee Day, the International Rescue Committee and YouTube are working together to help raise awareness for the tens of millions of people affected by the global refugee crisis.

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Our partnership

The YouTube Creators for Change program and the IRC, which provides vital support to refugees in more than 40 countries and in 28 U.S. cities, have teamed up to create a series of videos we hope can help those of us who are not directly affected by the crisis empathize with people experiencing life as a refugee. YouTube Creators for Change is a new initiative from YouTube dedicated to amplifying the voices of role models who are tackling difficult social issues with their channels. Watch on YouTube.

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Shared humanity

YouTube creators including Tyler Oakley and Fly With Haifa traveled to four countries and two U.S. cities to meet artists, mothers, scientists and students who also happen to be refugees—and found out how much they had in common with these remarkable people. Watch on YouTube.

  • Tyler Oakley, right, heard the harrowing—and inspiring—stories of Shadi from Syria and other refugees who are rebuilding their lives in the United States. Visit Tyler Oakley on YouTube.

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  • Creators AsapSCIENCE visited Kara Tepe, Greece to meet refugees fleeing war and persecution and learn about what goes into building a refugee camp. Visit AsapSCIENCE on YouTube.

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  • Rossana Burgess, left—aka Mama Bee from Eh Bee Family—visited with two Syrian moms living as refugees in a city in northern Jordan. Visit Eh Bee Family on YouTube.

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  • Vlogger Jouelzy, right, got to know Maria and other Congolese refugees in Boise, Idaho, and saw how quickly refugees in the U.S. learn to stand on their own feet. Visit Jouelzy on YouTube.

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  • Haifa, front, went to Serbia where she connected with Maryam, a 17-year-old aspiring lawyer—and rapper—who made a dangerous journey from Iraq. Visit Fly With Haifa on YouTube.

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  • The Young Turks’ Francis Maxwell, right, met South Sudanese refugees like Catherine who are starting new lives in Uganda, and saw how sports can heal. Visit The Young Turks on YouTube.

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  • Spoken word poet Suli Breaks, shown here, collaborated remotely on a musical project with Don Brighter, a Burundi-born singer who resettled in the U.S. as a refugee. Visit Suli Breaks on YouTube. 

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Thanks to our partners

  • YouTube
  • Google.org
  • Creators for Change