World Refugee Day

Today is World Refugee Day, a day designated to consider the plight of refugees, the contributions of refugees and how we might make their transition to our own countries easier.

For the past few years, I have volunteered in various capacities with the Kentucky Refugee Ministry (KRM). My jobs have been very insignificant, serving food, playing with children, welcoming newcomers at the airport as in the photo below. I always, however, learn something important from these experiences.

 

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A family of three were greeted by the local Burmese Community on this occasion recently.

I have found these people to be so grateful for each kindness offered to them. They progress quickly under the leadership of KRM Caseworkers and quickly assimilate into the community working and going to school.

This year, so far, I have personally welcomed 40 individual refugees from countries such as the Congo, Myanmar, and Afganistan. Most have been living in refugee camps for years. Some have been surviving in terrible conditions in such camps for as long as twenty years waiting for their turn to migrate to a country where they can establish a home for their family.

“Refugees are mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, children, with the same hopes and ambitions as us—except that a twist of fate has bound their lives to a global refugee crisis on an unprecedented scale.”- Khaled Hosseini

 

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6 Comments

  1. You are a wonderful woman who does many good works for those who need it the most. You say that what you do is “insignificant” but truth is, these people are coming to a new country, a new home, none knowing what might be there. You show them love and hope, that all are welcome, and you help make the transition go more smoothly. It takes a village, as Hillary said, and you are a valuable member of that loving, welcoming village. I applaud you and everyone who reaches out with loving kindness, color blindness, to distribute warmth and understanding. Brava, and thank you!

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  2. When we give of ourselves, we give something priceless. You give your time, your heart, your beliefs. In my book, you are one of the richest people in the world because you share who you are.

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