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Learning from Refugees | Alexandra Kautz | TEDxLivermore
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Added Aug 29, 2016
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We cannot say ‘refugees need ‘X,’ because each one is an individual, working their way through their individual story.
Refugees spend a life of waiting, extreme boredom, and alienation. They have left their hopes, dreams and desires of what life would have looked like. Arriving to a new life is not the end of their struggle.
In this touching video, Allie Kautz explores the role tender care can play in transforming a tent full of women refugees to a group of women who feel beautiful again - like “God's beauty.”

Bay Area native Alexandra Kautz has worked with refugees in Jordan, Northern Africa, Switzerland and California. Striving to see the world through the eyes of those who have lost so much, she believes great things can come from empathizing with the hurts, needs, and dreams of others. Using her skills as a hairdresser she has built relationships with Sudanese refugees, training and equipping them with the goal of self- sufficiency. Throughout her travels, Alexandra has grown to learn that by loving others we can achieve great strides in making the world a better place.

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