As an American, we really only hear about the refugee problem on the news. We’ve heard that countries in Europe and others like Canada are opening their borders. We may have also heard of an odd few of the refugees that are committing crimes or even acts of terrorism. But overall, we are essentially oblivious to the genuine hardship of these people as they flee their countries in order to save themselves and their families. I must admit, I was one of those people just reading the news with some pie in the sky assumption that the problem would somehow surely sort itself out in due time.