Refugee Stories

1. This week’s reading was a bit difficult for me as I chose to read the series Refugee Stories. Each one of the stories tugged at mt heartstrings because none of us got to choose where in the world to be born and the consequences of simply being born in one of these war torn countries are so serious that people risk their lives for the relative safety of places where they may not even speak the language or have any idea of what could be waiting for them on the other side of the journey.


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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are about 1 billion migrants around the world, which roughly estimates to be about 1 in 7 of the world’s population. About 70 million of the migrants are forced out of their home countries due to conflicts. Many of the refugees whose stories were featured in the HONY page were already poor and with very little access to quality health care to begin with but then being forced to leave the only home they know, that exacerbates the problem of getting health care immeasurably.

In one story featured in the series, a young man’s brother had been shot in the head by a sniper and sent to, not to a hospital, a clinic! When the young man had arrived at the clinic to see his brother, he had to help treat the wound (with alcohol!) and then had to transport his brother himself to Damascus taking back roads because the straight forward path was too dangerous. His brother lived through the ordeal but is paralyzed. They are now trying to get to Germany to see if doctors there can help.

Looking at healthcare from a functionalist view, the saying “health is wealth” applies. In most stable nations, a healthy society contributes and is a vital part of its continued stability but in poor and war ravished nations, with the health care system being as poor as it is, it is no wonder that the people cannot fight back when they are facing not only war type injuries (gunshots and blast injuries) but also disease that occur due to lack of good clean drinking water, healthy food and sanitary conditions such as malaria and tuberculosis.

2. What are one or more important sociological issues related to sexuality in the world today that you observed in the Series you explored? What are some data you can find to show the prevalence of these issues, and what groups of people do these issues affect most?

The humans of New York post that I chose was written by an individual who is African American or Black. The part of the post that stood out to me is about how when they were nineteen or twenty they started to realize that they might be gay. Their parents were really religious so they decided to take them to conversion therapy with a pastor which at a point convinced them they were going to go to hell for being gay.


Unfortunately, conversion therapy is still out there and is meant to change a persons sexual orientation back to heterosexual, etc. Conversation therapy is still happening today because discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community continues to exist. The discrimination against the LGBTQ community in American and around the world is a social issue because the rights given to them are unequal to the civil rights given to heterosexuals. In America, 4.5% of individuals in America identify as LGBTQ+ which is equal to 14,760,000 individuals. % of individuals in America identify as LGBTQ+ which is equal to 14,760,000 individuals. Those 14,760,000 can still be fired based on their sexual orientation in certain states, are not offered protection from housing discrimination because of sexual orientation in some states and gender identity in others, are not offered protection from discrimination in places of public accommodations, are not protected from discriminatory school policies, and are still facing the lack of legal custodial rights.

Transgender individuals are apart of the LGBTQ community and face discrimination in multiple areas. One area that is of importance is workplace discrimination. “Federal law makes it illegal to fire, refuse to hire, harass, or discriminate in any way because of gender identity, gender transition, sex assigned at birth, or transgender status” (“Employment (General)”, 2020). South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Idaho, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Kansas , Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Kentucky have no state wide law that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. For more information on this issue visit this website-

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