Sammy’s Story

by: Miles4Migrants

Over 3 years ago, Sammy came to the US from his home in South Sudan to attend his sister’s wedding. While he was in the U.S., fighting broke out in South Sudan, making it unsafe for him to return home. He was granted asylum to remain in the U.S. and he has been living and working in the Boston area since that time. Meanwhile, Sammy’s wife and children fled from South Sudan to Kenya, and Sammy was able to petition for them to join him here in America. The family received visas this fall, and this past weekend he was reunited with his wife and 10 children, including his youngest who he met for the first time at the airport!

Sammy’s family is reunited and enjoying their Christmas celebration today for the first time in 4 years together thanks to a generous donation of nearly 480K United miles. Thanks to HIAS for your partnership, without which this family would not be together.

Sammy shared with us, “I now have to take the role of the father… That is the challenge you have given me. You brought my family, and I promise you I will take care of them and do all I can.”

To hear Sammy’s remarkable story of strength and grit, in his own words, watch the video below.

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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