Today is #WorldRefugeeDay. As it stands, there are currently 65 million people displaced from their homes, running for their lives and trying to keep themselves and their family alive. That’s 65 million people, 65 million beating hearts, 65 million lives fighting for their chance to live a life free from harm and one which is worth living, 65 million human beings, just like you and me. SIXTY-FIVE MILLION REFUGEES. There’s that word again, refugees. It seems like compassion is so sparse these days, but one day, soon, I hope they’ll all be free. I wish people would remember that the fruits of this earth belong to us all, but the earth itself? The earth belongs to no one. Nobody. Not you, not me, not anyone. We are all as equally entitled.
It’s always weird to me when I notice how talking about refugees and supporting them makes so many people uncomfortable, but to be honest I really don’t care. I’m not sorry if this tarnishes your view of the perfect world you live in, but let’s get real the world is not perfect. Nothing is perfect. Nothing is promised. And something so bright yet dark, something so imperfectly perfect, something so flawlessly flawed and something so “free” yet so, so, so valuable, as human life, should never be taken for granted and should be gifted to all. If hearing about refugees makes you uncomfortable; then that says something about you, not them. When you’re more affected by what people think then the idea of millions of lives, be that children, women or men, being lost or tainted through murder, rape, extreme violence, torture, systematic abuse, racial oppression, religious intolerance, FGM, trafficking, exploitation, forced and underage marriage, ethnic cleansing, drones, bombs, airstrikes and starvation, let alone thousands who drown in the Mediterranean every single day trying to reach a life like ours, then I just don’t even know what to say anymore.
The list goes on, but would you still be uncomfortable, if that was YOU instead? Just food for thought. If there’s one thing you take away from #WorldRefugeeDay, then let it be this. There is no “them”, there is only “us”… Just us.