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Born in a Nepalese refugee camp, Tika knew no other home for 18 years. It was a stagnant, dangerous life. Today, he and his family hold green cards and call the U.S. home. Here, Tika feels welcomed and safe, and dreams of finishing his college degree, of becoming a photographer, of building a house.
“Where I’m from, being a refugee…you don’t see your future.”

In early 2018, CRS launched: Be UnAfraid as s part of the larger, Share The Journey, global refugee support campaign. This two year project was inspired by Pope Francis. who has called for Catholics globally to make pilgrimages and to encounter their neighbors.

In April we asked dozens of refugees and their American neighbors to start critical conversations by sharing their stories with each other.

What they discovered is that the very fears that tear us apart can actually bring us together.

Photo by Jeremy Cowart for Catholic Relief Services