Jean’s Story

by: Jean, a refugee in Belgium originally from Burundi

My name is Jean de Dieu. I left my country, Burundi, becauseof political reasons. I was supporter of the opposition party. I was also president of this party in my district. I was threatened and I came to Belgium in October 2017. When I left my country, my wife was pregnant and I also had 3 other children.

The Belgian authority gave me refugee status in May 2018. After that, I started directly the procedure of family reunification with Caritas in June. Six months later, my family received a visa agreement.

I’m very thankful to CaritasInternational.beMiles4Migrants and the donor (RichardHart) who helped me morally and also for the flight tickets. I’m now reunited with my family for 4 days, and I met my youngest child for the first time at the airport. Thank you so much !!!!

How Miles4Migrants helps

We collaborate with a network of global non-governmental organization (NGO) partners who work directly with refugees and migrants to identify and verify individuals who are financially unable to afford air travel. Once our partners submit flight requests, we use donated frequent flyer miles, credit card points, travel vouchers, and cash to eliminate transportation barriers for the most vulnerable individuals affected by war, persecution, or climate disaster. Our goal is to help these individuals reunite with their loved ones and start a new life in a safe environment.

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– According to the United Nations, there are currently 108 million individuals forcibly displaced from their homes worldwide.  

– The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that seeking asylum is a fundamental human right. Everyone has the right to life and liberty. Everyone has the right to freedom from fear. Everyone has the right to seek asylum from persecution.

As migration is often the last option for survival, migrants may embark on clandestine journeys, subject to danger, extortion, and inhumane conditions

Once they finally get legal approval for resettlement, migrants face another challenge that makes the journey seem impossible: the transportation costs.

There are many ways for you to get involved and help us continue our work:

You can donate cash to help us cover operational expenses or contribute your unused air miles, credit card points, or travel vouchers to help us book flights for refugees and asylum seekers. Additionally, you can help us spread the word about our cause and our impact on the lives of those we serve.

Every donation, no matter how big or small, has the power to make a difference. Thank you for considering supporting our mission.

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