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World Refugee Day: The Story of Miša Omar

It’s World Refugee Day today and there are over 60 million people around the world who are still displaced from their homes due to war, persecution, poverty and terror. Help Refugees want to take today to remember that each of those 60 million is an individual and unique human being equally deserving of our compassion and support, and who should never be considered or dismissed as just another number.

Starting today, and for the rest of National Refugee Week, we will be sharing one personal story every day of just one of the millions of refugees in the world. Please do take the time to read and share their and think about how you can join us to help alleviate their suffering.

Today we tell the story of Miša Omar.

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Miša is a 3 year old Kurd from Al-­Qamishli, a Syrian town near the border with Turkey.

In Idomeni, she lived with her family of six, in a two man tent. When it rained, the blankets which she shared with her 9 month old brother Omar would be completely damp.

Despite Miša’s mother having a brother in Germany, they were told their chances of reunification were small.

After two months in Idomeni her parents were desperate to go home, despite the danger of going back to their war torn country, and the months it might take to get there on foot.

But without any money, they knew they were unable to pay the smugglers which they would require to cross the borders.

Finally, they decided to apply for asylum in Greece. They continue to wait in the military camp in which they live now, for the United Nations registration system which will allow them to start their application process.

Misa is just one of the millions of refugee children in the world. Each one of these children has the potential to become whatever they dream of being, if we only give them the chance. Please visit https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/helprefugees to donate to help children just like them.

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We would not be able to do our work without your support and kindness. Many of the refugees we help are fleeing the conflict zones of Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. Others are trying to escape political oppression in countries like Eritrea. All are human beings like us. As well as providing immediate physical assistance, we want to help refugees maintain their dignity.

Please click through if you would like to find out more about our work in Calais, Dunkirk, Lesvos, Samos, Idomeni and other locations. If you would like to know how you can help refugees, please check out our Get Involved section where you can find out how to fundraise for us and how to make a donation. Thank you!