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Franco, a middleman for Congolese gold sellers, was attacked when a group of men with whom he worked broke into his home and used a machete to cut his hand and face. Franco was forced to give them all his belongings before they burned his house to the ground. He and his family fled to a refugee camp in Uganda where he applied for refugee status. Franco now supports his family by working at the Nashville Zoo.

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