Syrian Refugees Arriving in the United States Face Crippling Challenges
With the situation in Syria continuing to deteriorate, refugees fleeing the country are finding it extremely difficult to start over. Many have lost everything; family and friends who were tortured and/or killed, their homes destroyed and life savings gone. Fleeing their homeland seeking safety, many Syrian refugees are finding their way to America, however without the support of UNHCR or refugee benefits. Those who were able, have found their way to America on a visa seeking a new life for their families free from the horrors of war.
ICNA Relief USA has extensive experience with helping refugees adjust to life in America. However times are difficult for Syrian refugees. Those arriving in America have come on their own seeking safety therefore they do not have official refugee status from the US government.
In Arlington, MA Br. Ahmed arrived in America 8 months ago; his wife is 7 months pregnant. He’s working with local organizations attempting to secure a pro bono legal attorney. He cannot work legally in America and it will take at least 3 to 6 months after he applies for Temporary Protective Status (TPS) before he will be granted a work permit. In the meantime he’s exhausted his savings and can no longer afford his rental unit. ICNA Relief Boston is assisting however funds are extremely limited for these specialized services.
Ahmed is not alone, there are countless refugee family struggling to survive in the United States. The situation Syrians face in America is dismal coupled with the fact that many Iraqi refugees still have not been able to find stability in America. These families need your support.
Please donate today to the ICNA Relief USA Refugee Fund