If we go back in history we can see a much different response to refugees in need. The American Committee for Relief in the Near East began in 1915 as the American Committee for Armenian and Syrian Relief and was formed as a humanitarian response to the Armenian genocide and the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire. As World War I developed, the group began to offer food and shelter to displaced people in Syria, Persia (now Iran), and Greece.
Americans donated $117 million to the organization's Near East relief efforts between 1915 and 1930, in part because of a poster campaign. Here are some of the images that tugged at people's heartstrings:
|W.B. King, artist. 1917.|
|Ethel Franklin Betts, artist. 1918 (?)|
|Douglas Volk, artist. 1918.|
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