Bloggers Unite: Refugees United

by Neil on November 10, 2008

There are countless conflicts around the globe right now. Each of them is inflicting it’s toll of human suffering. Out of these conflicts thousands of people are being displaced. Dictionary.com defines a refugee as:

a person who flees for refuge or safety, esp. to a foreign country, as in time of political upheaval, war, etc.

I am fortunate to live in a country where I don’t live under the imminent threat of war, political turmoil, or displacement due to a disaster. However, I believe this privilege comes with a price.

What is that price you might ask? Simple as individuals who live in first world developed countries (as I imagine many of my reader’s do) we have an obligation to do something. We have the profound privilege to live lives without want. Now, don’t get me wrong I’m not saying that we don’t have our own problems. However, the focus today is on refugee’s.

We are fortunate to live in a society that provides for us in abundance. We can walk down the street without fear of attack or persecution, our governments allow us great freedoms. Fear does not rule our daily existence. For the most part we are our own worst enemy, not a warlord, a drug cartel, or an aggressive enemy.

So you wonder, what can I do to help?

There are a multitude of things that can be done to assist in the plight of refugee’s around the world. Below are listed but a few.

  1. Educate yourself. There is plenty of information available regarding the plight of refugee’s. Here are a few places where you can start:Wike: Refugees, Presbyterian Church in Canada.
  2. Write to you government leaders. Explain to them why it is important to protect the rights of those in other countries and find out what they are willing to do to easy the plight of refugee’s.
  3. Donate some money. There are plenty of agency’s or Church’s that work with refugee’s. Find one that is aligned with your goals and value’s and donate some hard cash towards this important work.
  4. Get your hands dirty. Whether it’s sponsoring a refugee or going over sees for mission work at a refugee camp. For those that are motivated to do so there are opportunities. Do your homework first though, volunteering for this type of work isn’t a picnic and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Remember that refugee’s are fleeing some form of political or religious persecution. Going overseas for this type of work could put you in danger.

Most importantly remember that we have plenty. We have the opportunity to pursue our dreams. Many refugee’s dream of simply living in a country that provides basic freedoms. That’s something we take for granted.

The next time there is a news report on that status of refugee’s or an infomercial comes on regarding the plight of others in a foreign country don’t change the channel. At the least tune in and educate yourself.

If you ever find yourself in a position to directly or indirectly assist someone who is a refugee, do the right thing.

“I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these, you did for me” – Matthew 25:40

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MadMadMargo 11.12.08 at 11:36 pm

Excellent post, very well written. Thank you for raising awareness for this ongoing crisis and offering ways to help.

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