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June is Refugee Awareness Month and on June 27, Global Impact partnered with our charities the International Rescue Committee, Inc. and Refugees International for an interactive webinar detailing the challenges that refugees worldwide face every day, including hunger and access to education and health care resources. With more than 100 million refugees and displaced people around the world today, this topic has never been more relevant. While the Ukraine crisis has been at the forefront of our minds, many other displaced persons hail from other countries– including Afghanistan, Ethiopia and Somalia. The number of uprooted and displaced people has increased…

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Maha al-Obaidi studies for her citizenship exam in Astoria Park near her home in Queens, NY. A mother of five boys, Maha had to flee her home in Iraq after two of her sons and her husband were kidnapped and the family was forced to pay a ransom to secure their release. She lived in Jordan before she was resettled in the U.S. by the International Rescue Committee in 2014. Maha says that when she becomes a citizen, “I will put on my wings and I will fly. “Her family remains divided, with two of her sons, her husband, and a grandson still living in Jordan. She looks forward to travelling to visit them without worries after she gets her citizenship. Her dream is for her sons to join her in the United States and for her family to be together. Maha says, “I am an American woman, and I…