YouTube and Google extrend support to the refugees
The IRC encourages everyone to show their support of refugees by using #MoreThanARefugee and #StandwithRefugees on social media posts today.
YouTube's creators teamed up with the International Rescue Committe (IRC) on the World Refugee Day to create a series of YouTube videos to spread awareness of refugee stories. The videos with #MoreThanARefugee are made to put names and faces to refugee stories and make the people understand why they are displaced from their countries.
Notable YouTube creators like Mama Bee from Eh Bee Family, Tyler Oakley, Jouelzy, Fly with Haifa, Francis Maxwell of The Young Turks, Suli Breaks, and Greg and Mitch from ASAPScience travelled to troubled countries of Jordan, Serbia, Uganda, Greece, and a couple of cities in the U.S. to meet refugees, record their personal stories.
To take the awareness drive a little further, a donation card is embedded on the video through which viewers can donate funds to support the efforts of IRC to keep its on-ground support work going. Google and YouTube have promised to match up $500,000 from these donations.
According to reports, David Miliband, IRC president and CEO said "When we see refugees as people first, we are able to replace fear with recognition and hope. Our YouTube partnership allows us to introduce refugees in a distinctly deeper and personal way while reaching millions of people who otherwise may have remained unengaged."
"We're proud to partner with the International Rescue Committee to support their work and help raise awareness of refugee experiences around the world. We're also humbled to be a platform where refugees and creators alike can share their personal stories through video, and in doing so, help create empathy for the brave people who are experiencing life as a refugee," said Danielle Tiedt, Chief Marketing Officer, YouTube.