120 Stories: Day 101
“Our journey to Malaysia was not very smooth. That was the most difficult time for us because we could not get a steady job to support the family. In Malaysia there was no one who can help us. There aren’t agencies like Catholic Charities in Malaysia to provide assistance to refugees. We had to stand on our own feet to support ourselves as best we could. We struggled so much in Malaysia. A lot of companies in Malaysia mistreated us because we were not citizens and we did not have a passport. That made it very difficult to live in Malaysia. Since we are refugees, everything was much more difficult for us there including accessing transportation, getting a job, and receiving medical care. The kids couldn’t have a good education there so we decided to apply to come here to the U.S. I don’t know what the future holds but for now our life in the U.S. is way better than what we were expecting. That has been the best part. The help that we get from Catholic Charities Atlanta has had a great impact on our family. For the future, we have a hope that we can see my children go to school without worrying. I hope that I can get a job so that my family can finally live free.”
About 120 Stories in 120 Days
The executive order titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Born Terrorist Entry into the United States” halts the national refugee resettlement program for 120 days and dramatically reduces the ceiling for refugee arrivals from 110,000 to 50,000. In response to this executive order, Catholic Charities Atlanta created the 120 Stories in 120 Days Project in order to tell the stories of those individuals who have fled their home due to violence or persecution.
This project will tell 120 stories of clients, staff, volunteers, and community members involved with our resettlement program. Our hope is that these stories will humanize the refugee crisis, highlight the successes and the contributions that refugees make to their local communities, and help readers understand that our similarities far outweigh our differences.
In his address to Congress in September 2015, Pope Francis reminded us all to “treat others with the same passion and compassion with which we want to be treated. Let us seek for others the same possibilities which we seek for ourselves. Let us help others to grow, as we would like to be helped ourselves…The yardstick we use for others will be the yardstick which time will use for us.” Catholic Charities Atlanta remains in solidarity with those we serve.
If you would like to donate to help Catholic Charities Atlanta continue our important work supporting refugees and immigrants, please click here: https://give.catholiccharitiesatlanta.org/supporting-refugees-and-immigrants.
If you have a story to share, please contact Kimberly Longshore at KLongshore@catholiccharitiesatlanta.org