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I Used to Have a Home: Benefit Dinner For Refugees

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Student Union Ballroom

Queens College

65-30 Kissena Blvd.

Flushing, NY 11367

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Join the Queens Community for our annual event with the Queens College Muslim Student Association, "I Used to Have a Home" is a benefit dinner for Syrian, Yemeni and Burmese Refugees.

Guest Speakers include:

Ustadh Abdel Rahman Murphy Qalam Institute

Imam Abdul Ghanie Muslim Center of NY

Dr. Kareem Hassan NYC Muslim Center

“Nearly one person is forcibly displaced every two seconds as a result of conflict or persecution,” according to UNHCR. There are now about 69 million people across the globe who have been forced from home: The figures are astounding! Every single one of those people has an individual story and astonishing bravery that pushes them to survive. And the choice to leave home is excruciating—it’s dangerous, it’s unfamiliar, it’s scary.

Syria

A conflict that started on March 15, 2011, has now surpassed seven years of violence and fear across Syria, and beyond its borders. At least half of those affected are children–more than 50% of Syrian children no longer attend school. For many of them, this war has been all they’ve ever known.

According to UNHCR and OCHA, there are more than 5 million registered Syrian refugees, and 13.5+ million people inside of Syria in need of humanitarian aid. The United Nations has declared the Syrian conflict “the worst of the 21st century.”

Yemen

IRUSA is responding to the emergency in Yemen, where it has been over three years since conflict escalated in the region in 2015. Since that time, millions have been displaced by increased surges of violence. Death and injuries continue to be reported.

Myanmar

Families across Myanmar have been suffering for years under violence that escalated dramatically in 2012 and has continued in waves. A campaign of violence in 2017 sent another 720,000 people to Bangladesh between August 2017 and May 2018. The official death toll is 400, but more than 40,000 people are missing and presumed dead, according to a recent report by ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights.

The humanitarian crisis continues to escalate. Families have been walking barefoot across borders and rivers, desperately searching for refuge. Those who make it to makeshift camps are suffering through extreme heat and inhumane living conditions. The U.N. has called them “The most friendless people in the world” and has called the violence genocide.

Wherever home ends up being, our refugee brothers and sisters deserve a chance.

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