Today is World Refugee Day. Every day is World Refugee Day. Worldwide, more than 65 million people are forcibly displaced, the least of which arrive on our European continent. So what is World Refugee Day but a reminder that whilst our awareness lasts ever shorter, the struggles of refugees outlast one day by far. People, who have fled their homes in fear and desperation, are displaced in many more ways than just geographically. They are ripped apart from every security and stability that we take for granted and they are forced to cope with the dire effects of this experience during and beyond their dangerous journey in the search of peace.
World Refugee Day reminds us of our obligation to be continuously active, supportive and conscious in order to assist our new fellow citizens with overcoming this challenge. The insecurity and suffering of refugees can at least be alleviated by their fellow humans in the places they arrive to or pass through on their way to a new life. In other words: by Us.
We believe in the people who were forced become refugees. We are grateful for the privilege to witness so much potential, joy and kindness in the children, youth and young adults we work with, despite all the despair they are facing.
Until all of us recognize our responsibility to support and be mindful of our fellow humans around the globe, their struggles will continue.
Until then, every day is going to be World Refugee Day.
BE AWARE AND SHARE