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Government-recruited extremists killed Juma’s father in front of his family. Afterwards, the family fled Darfur for Kenya’s Kakuma Refugee camps, where they lived for 14 years. The family suffered from lack of food and water. Extreme heat, disease, and violence were omnipresent, and several of Juma’s siblings died. In 2013, he was vetted to travel to the U.S. as a refugee.
“I thank God every day for protecting me and my family until I reached the U.S..”

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