World Refugee Day Events

From a Three Year Separation to a Joyful Family Reunion

Three years ago today, on World Refugee Day, Co-Founder Melissa Dalton-Bradford shared a story about a day spent with Amina, who had fled Syria with her husband and four sons. Amina and her family made their way to Turkey, then were forced to separate. Amina and her youngest son, Barra, continued on to Germany, while her husband and three older sons stayed behind in Turkey, still in danger, still trying to get out.

We have a happy UPDATE to share! Amina, her sons and her husband are now REUNITED!

To go back and read more about the long journey for Amina and her family, we've followed their story from nearly the beginning and have shared in their sorrow, and we now share in their relief and joy!

Thank you for sharing and donating your time and resources to helping us share the happy stories of family reunification!

Melissa Amina

Read more of Amina’s story

My Children’s Childhood Has Gone with the War

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I have Missed Three Years of their Lives

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