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mate Emma Giloth, who also graduated with a degree in international relations this spring, planned an alternative spring break trip to Israel so American University students could learn about the refugee situation. The two did everything from planning the logistics to organizing the itinerary to raising funds. The trip drew 10 American University students, who volunteered at the African Refugee Development Center’s homeless shelter for women and children, teaching English and playing with the children. They also spent time with the refugees, “sitting with them and talking to them so people (students) hear their stories and show we’re here in solidarity with them,” Mandel says. They also met with everyone from the leaders of the Eritreans’ refugee community to members of the Israel Parliament, or Knesset, who oppose the refugees’ presence in Israel, to leaders of the South Tel Aviv community where many of the refugees live. “All these different groups have different ways of viewing the situation,” Giloth says. By spending time with members of each group, the students learned “how complex Israel is and how complex the refugee situation is. It’s not black and white.” Since their return to the United States, one of their key goals is continuing to spread awareness about the refugee problem in Israel.

The youngsters were divided into interracial groups, and each group was made up of “aliens” from another planet who had to develop their own language, culture, and flag. After presenting their “planet” to the rest of the students, the youngsters talked about each group’s differences.

A Refugee Gives Back
Yousif, the George Mason student who fled Darfur, also wants to share the situation of his people and work to attain peace. He graduated from the University of Dongola in Sudan in 2000 with a bachelor of arts in education, focused on the role of women in education and development in rural Darfur. He founded the Sudan Social Development Organization in 2001, working to empower local communities in rural areas to demand their rights from the government. After war broke out between the government and rebel groups, he began documenting human rights abuses and providing humanitarian assistance to those displaced by the conflict. He was jailed and tortured for his work and was the target of assassination attempts before applying for asylum in the United States. He wound up in a master’s degree program in international studies at the University of San Francisco, graduating in 2011. Yousif and Anne Bartlett, a sociology professor

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and director of the graduate program in international studies at the University of San Francisco, then formed the Darfur Reconciliation and Development Organization. The group oversaw construction of a small hospital in Darfur to serve those on both sides of the war. Along with providing medical care, the hospital is also intended as a way to help build trust between the factions. The organization also supports efforts to educate children who are now in displaced people’s camps in Darfur, and strives to promote peace and reconciliation. Part of Yousif’s goal is to have those at the grassroots level participate in conflict resolution and problem-solving efforts.

Another student working to improve the lives of those who have been displaced is Betsy Fisher, a law student at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Fisher is spending the summer working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Iraqis who have been displaced to Kurdistan.

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