Today is the sixth anniversary of World Refugee Day. The UNHCR, the United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees, remembers and celebrates those who have survived their plight. Today they remember…
Often classified unfairly with economic migrants, refugees flee their country not for economic gain but to escape persecution, the threat of imprisonment and even threats to their lives. They need a safe haven where they can recover from mental and physical trauma and rebuild their hopes for a better future.
The intolerance that is often at the root of internal displacement and refugee flows is also present in some of the countries that refugees flee to. Instead of finding empathy and understanding, they are often met with mistrust or scorn.
On World Refugee Day, let’s not forget that some day in the future any one of us could be knocking at a stranger’s door hoping to find a safe and friendly shelter. We should extend refugees the same kind of welcome we would like to receive if we were in their position.
While most refugees want to go home, some cannot safely return. But wherever they are, refugees will always strive to pick up the pieces and start over. The courage and determination demonstrated during their darkest hours will serve them well in rebuilding a new life. On World Refugee Day, let us honour them for these qualities and recognize the richness and diversity they bring to our societies.
I just want to live my life the way it use to be.
I just want to be with my family.
I just want to go home.
I just want to be safe.
I just want to live.
This is a right for all humans. We need to fight for them for this basic human right.
All I know is that we can make a difference if we really want to. I know I do.