WESTPORT — Half a million people have died since the conflict in Syria started five years ago and millions have been displaced in one of the worst refugee crises of our era. The refugee crisis is not just an issue in Syria, but across the globe. According to Secretary of State John Kerry in a speech at the United Nations Summit in New York on Monday, approximately 65 million people have been forced from their homes and upwards of 21 million people have fled internationally.
This past summer the Westport Interfaith Refugee Settlement teamed up to house a family of Syrian refugees in Norwalk. WIRS is an extension of the Westport/ Weston Interfaith Council, a group that previously collaborated to resettle a Bosnian family in the late 1990s.