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Can someone please remind Jeff Sessions that J…

Can someone please remind Jeff Sessions that Jesus was a child refuge brought by his mother to a safer place?

“Certain magoi(“wise men”/astrologers) come from “the East” to Herod, the Roman client king of Judaea, looking to honor a new ruler they have determined by a “star,” and Jesus is identified as the one. All this is bad news to Herod, and Herod acts in a pre-emptive strike against the people of Bethlehem and its environs. He kills all boys under two years of age in an atrocity that is traditionally known as “the massacre of the innocents” (Matthew 2.16–18).

But Joseph has been warned beforehand in a dream of Herod’s intentions to kill little Jesus, and the family flees to Egypt. It is not until Herod is dead that Joseph and Mary dare return, and then they avoid Judaea: Joseph “was afraid to go there” (Matthew 2.22) because Herod’s son is in charge. Instead they find a new place of refuge, in Nazareth of Galilee, far from Bethlehem.

Jesus’ earliest years were then, according to the Gospel of Matthew, spent as a refugee in a foreign land, and then as a displaced person in a village a long way from his family’s original home.”

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/people-cultures-in-the-bible/jesus-historical-jesus/jesus-was-a-refugee/

A group of migrants arrived on a crowded beach in Spain on…

A group of migrants arrived on a crowded beach in Spain on Wednesday. Experts say good weather could be leading to an increase in migrant travel to Spain, but it’s unclear where this group came from.

A Brooklyn brand sold a $119 “refugee dress.” Shoppers weren’t…

A Brooklyn brand sold a $119 “refugee dress.” Shoppers weren’t happy about it.

  • UZI NYC, a small brand based in Brooklyn, New York, has manufactured a light cotton, sleeveless dress in shades of white, navy and black.
  • Not too controversial at first glance, but now look at the name.
  • Refugee dress.” For $119, you can buy this “refugee dress.”
  • Over the past few days, word of the dress has been making its way across Twitter, where shoppers are making their outrage over this name known. Responses ranged from “So this brand thought it was appropriate to sell a ‘refugee’ dress? Disgusting” to “What is this!!??” Read more. (8/2/2017 1:20 PM)

These child refugees fled conflicts in Syria, Afghanistan and…

These child refugees fled conflicts in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. Now they’re telling the world about their favorite things. 

There are 22.5 million refugees worldwide. This is what you need…

There are 22.5 million refugees worldwide. This is what you need to know today on World Refugee Day.

On World Refugee Day, this is the migrant crisis, by the…

On World Refugee Day, this is the migrant crisis, by the numbers

  • World Refugee Day is internationally observed each year on June 20.
  • Here is a brief snapshot of the global migrant crisis, understood through some key statistics.
  • 22.5 million – Number of refugees worldwide. More than half of them come from Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia.
  • 65.6 million – Number of refugees and internally displaced people globally. This includes refugees, who seek asylum in other countries, as well as those who have fled their homes but stay within their own nations.
  • 1 in 100 – Nearly 1% of people around the world who are displaced from their homes. This number fluctuates depending on the area, with one in 20 people in the Middle East and one in 60 in continental Africa facing displacement.
  • 189,300 – Number of refugees who resettled in new countries in 2016. According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, the United States takes in the largest number of migrants each year, followed by Canada, Australia and the Nordic countries.
  • 84,995 – Number of refugees the United States took in during the last fiscal year, ending in September 2016. This was the largest number of refugees admitted into the U.S. in one year throughout Barack Obama’s presidency. An additional 31,143 migrants were accepted from Oct. 1, 2016 to Jan. 24.
  • 18% – President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for the 2018 fiscal year slashes spending on migration and refugee assistance by 18%. The International Rescue Committee estimates that these cuts could increase the number of people affected by the global famine from 30 million to 60 million, and strip access to education from more than 2 million girls.
  • 28,300 – Number of people who are forced to leave their homes every day to escape conflict, war and persecution. This translates to 20 people every minute.
  • 198,500 – Number of unaccompanied minors who sought asylum in Europe from 2008 to 2015.
  • 4,690 – Number of refugees who died in 2016 while crossing the Mediterranean Sea in an effort to reach Europe. Most passed away while fleeing North Africa.
  • 21 – If all of the displaced migrants formed a country, they’d make up the 21st largest nation in the world. Read more (6/20/17)

Syrian artist Abdalla Omari depicts world leaders as refugees….

Syrian artist Abdalla Omari depicts world leaders as refugees. He’s hoping the project will motivate world leaders to relate to refugees.

Syrian boy Ahmad Barakat is 12 years old. He lives in Khan…

Syrian boy Ahmad Barakat is 12 years old. He lives in Khan Sheikhoun, where a deadly chemical attack occurred on April 4. The attack killed at least 70 people and injured roughly 100. This is his message to the world.