Savannah T. California

Refugee Crisis

Now's the time to look around and see what we can do for people who are searching for a hopeful future and trying to create a life that we take for granted every day.

Dear Future President,

An issue I would like to address with you in this letter is the refugee crisis. All around the world, people are in search of a better life due to dire circumstances that place their safety at risk. Many are forced to leave their homes in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disasters that put their lives and the lives of those they love in danger. We know these people as refugees.

In the U.S., we are blessed to know that we will never, all of a sudden, be forced out of our homes and into the streets. We will never have to worry that our homes, whether we are inside of them or not, will be blown to pieces and left among a graveyard of many other destroyed homes once filled with memories and some sense of security. Although we are fortunate enough to live in this land of liberty and freedom, many are not. Millions of people every day are becoming homeless. Men, women, and children who have never been given the taste of a content and secure life, are making tireless efforts to travel to the U.S. or other places around the world in search of that life that we take for granted.

As a country, we cannot turn our heads against people like refugees, who are fighting for a better life and are suffering through awful conditions in order to reach a better place. According to recent studies made by the UN Refugee Agency, it has been found that there are about 21.3 million people living as refugees, 54% of them coming from places such as Somalia, Afghanistan, and Syria. These people are constantly surrounded by life-threatening situations and are trying to create a hopeful future for themselves and their loved ones. We can help these people achieve a better life in many ways. We can provide education and trauma counseling for adults and children, we can gather together food and emergency living supplies, we can assist in finding shelter and health care, we can provide training for those searching for jobs, we can help in providing information, translation and legal services, and so much more.

Consider the impact you can have on your country and the world. As our country comes together to help those in need, we will be able to unite and stand strong against the opposing forces that try to break us apart. Not only will we succeed, we will excel. Now’s the time to open our eyes and look around to see what we can do for those that are waiting for our help.



Newbury Park High School

English 11IB period 2A

High school English IB course

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