"Refugees have few choices. They become the flotsam and jetsam of wrecked states that wash onto the beaches of far away places. FHC provides a steady mooring." SLeeMD 

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Family Health Care (and Dr. Lee- specially trained in forensic evaluation) has provided refugee services for many years. Direct health services include evaluations for TB, vaccinations and other preventative/wellness services. FHC also provides medical care, including for infectious diseases and other longer term illnesses such as depression, etc. An important service is our evaluations for refugees that have endured mistreatment and are seeking asylum in our country.

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Phoebe Ackley- Kurdish refugees 2014


 

“In the midst of migrants in search of a better life there are people in need of protection: refugees and asylum-seekers, women and children victims of trafficking…Many move simply to avoid dying of hunger. When leaving is not an option but a necessity, this is more than poverty.”

- Antonio Guterres UN High Commissioner on Refugees

Information about Family Health Care's support for refugees- click here.

 "One does not ask of one who suffers: What is your country and what is your religion? One merely says: You suffer, that is enough for me."

–Louis Pasteur

   

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Fredo Franzoni - Belgian refugees arriving in US 1915

"No one puts their children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land."

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Ahmet Asar - Kurdish refugees 2013

 
 
 
No one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark.”
- Warsan Shire 

 

“While every refugee’s story is different and their anguish personal, they all share a common thread of uncommon courage – the courage not only to survive, but to persevere and rebuild their shattered lives.”

- Antonio Guterres, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees

   
   
   
   
 

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“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” - On the plaque at the Statue of Liberty's base, by American poet Emma Lazarus

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Jaimie Arrow Quiver

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Peter Klashorst Boat People Rohingya

Throughout human history and during the history of the United States, immigration has been fueled by natural and manmade disasters. The US and Kansas City have hosted refugees. Wyandotte County came to be through immigration of abolitionists and was an important part of the underground railroad hosting slaves immigrating/escaping before and during the US Civil War. "Boat People" referred to people coming to the US from Germany in the 1880's, Belgium in 1915, from Vietnam in 1978, and other mass flows of immigration. It also has referred to refugees from China, from Myanmar- the Rohingya people and during the past year from Syria. Kansas City, Kansas has welcomed people from Afghanistan, Bhutan, Burma, Burundi, Cambodia, Laos, Nepal, Myanmar, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and many hostile places from all over the world. They make their home here now. 

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Artist- Cliffanie Forrester

Pia 
 
Over dinner in the comfort of a restaurant in Overland Park, Kansas, Pia began her story. It was terrible.

 

Pia grew up thousands of miles from where we sat eating. Her appearance and mannerisms did not betray the horror she had witnessed. She described a quiet evening, similar to what we were experiencing that evening. Quite suddenly her village was attacked by armed men. Some villagers, including the then thirteen-year-old Pia, ran into the dark woods around the village where she watched as the men set fire to her home and tortured and killed her family members. Some women, including her sister were raped and then killed. When dawn came, the men had gone, the village ruins were smoking, and only a few villagers remained. Pia knew she had to get away.

 

Pia had an aunt in the U.S. She did not find any relatives alive and so she began to walk. As she walked away from her home, she realized the dangers from the men who still roamed the area. She hid from them during the daylight and traveled alone in the dark of night. Pia described tripping over bodies in the dark. The risks were grave, but she found the courage to walk night after night for more than a week toward the border, hoping to cross over and find a way to the U.S. and safety.

 

Pia made her way across the border and crossed the ocean to the U.S. where she found her aunt and developed a normal life. Pia overcame the horrors she experienced by holding onto one dream, one goal- get to safety, get to freedom, get to America. Pia was not just a dreamer, she was and is a doer. Now in her thirties and a teacher, Pia is a refugee.  SLeeMD

 

 

 

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Artist Crystal Cook

Arin
“I came to you as an immigrant, with no money and could not speak English then. I did not even know the nature of my ailment. I just knew sometimes I did not feel good. You accepted me and treated me better than I have been treated at places in my home when I could afford to pay. Your staff has always treated me respectfully. I am not sure why or how I got the treatment and care I needed, except by knowing you. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity you gave me to rid myself of this ailment and the grace with which you did it.”

 

The letter came in October, 2015 from a young woman who came to us from a mostly Muslim country on the other side of the world. She had been through a lot, including a blood transfusion that had not only saved her life at the time, but had transmitted Hepatitis C. She did not choose Kansas City and she happened to come to Family Health Care. She did not choose much about her life.