Refugees are people whom are displaced from their countries due to the nature of war and/or violence (unrefugees.org, 2016). They have experienced love, loss and joy just as you and I. The only thing different is that they have faced horrors beyond our imaginations; family members killed, women violated, and children starved. They have been forced to fear the enemy of their countries.

If war and/or violence wasn’t enough then add the refugee camps.

The people living in these camps are among the most vulnerable on the planet. They have meagre or no livelihoods, cannot exercise their full rights and are often malnourished and missing basic essential services. Women and children are at risk of attack and sexual violence (Marshall, 2016).

Refugees face a shortage of supplies and space. For instance, a sacrificial husband is unable to eat a full meal today because the camp is unable to supply enough food for his wife, five children and himself.

Refugee camps are all over the world. Dadaab, Kenya shelters a high of “345,000 refugees and asylum seekers (95% from Somalia) as of [the] 1st March, 2016.” They live in tents or huts and have toilets as holes (Marshall, 2016). In Grande-Synthe, France before the new camp was built “most of the migrants-mainly Kurds from Iraq-had been living for months in atrocious conditions in…boggy-rat-invested [conditions]… Among them…60 women and 74 children.” (Henry Samuel, 2016). Lastly, the Rohingya people group are subject to the Myanmar government as “they are not recognized as citizens but illegal immigrants.” “More than 140,000 Rohingya currently live in overcrowded Internally Displaced People camps, with little access to food or healthcare. Thousands of others reside in segregated villages where they face poverty and persecution” (Griffiths, 2016). Refugees are without freedom to choose where to go, what to eat and how to make a living. 

I believe it’s time for us to get involved in our families, schools, and local and world-wide communities. You don’t have to be burdened or solve all the world’s problems but what if you paid attention to the one person across the street? Or listened to one families worries in the church? Or traveled to another neighborhood, city or country to gain love for those in crisis? You could make a difference by the one action you choose to take.

 

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