A little boy is squatting with his brother and sister outside of the small hut-style home. They are playing a local village game, laughing and giggling. Suddenly their mother comes running over to them, "Come quickly! We must go now! The soldiers are coming."
The children are confused. Where is their father? When can they finish their game? When will they go back home?
What if this was your child? What if this was your family? What if you had to run and leave home, and leave everything behind?
We've seen this even in our own country after natural disasters. However, we've never seen this where we had to leave because either the government or rebels where killing those that stayed behind.
There are around 11.4 million refugee's in the world today. Most of these men, women, and children have been forced to leave their homes and possessions. They have nothing but maybe what they were able to carry. Many of them are in warehouse type camps where they have no rights and survive only on what compassion their host country or charitable organizations provide. In many cases, they have no hope, as they have been displaced for years. They are foreigners, but not by of their own choice.
Unfortunately, many of us are desynthesized to the plight of these people. We quickly click through the news flashes if they get much coverage. It's part of the fallen world we live in. What can I do anyway?
You can get involved (from www.refugee.com).
- Sign up to receive our Bulletin
- If you represent an organization, endorse the Statement Calling for Solutions to End the Warehousing of Refugees
- If you are a refugee, write to share your experience of warehousing with us and others
- Link this page to your personal or professional website
- Donate to the Anti-Warehousing Campaign
- Write to Members of Congress to make the U.S. Millennium Challenge Account refugee-friendly!
Deuteronomy 10:18-19 (ESV)Care for the refugees because if you are in Christ, you are one too in this this world.
18 He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing. 19 Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.