about 12 hours ago
today is the international day of the refugee, and we're acknowledging this day during the largest mass displacement of people since the second world war.
it can feel like the world is getting darker and darker, and it's easy to feel overwhelmed.. even easier to block it all out rather than scratch that itch in our hearts.
as of the 31st of may, over 65 million people have been displaced, 22.5 million have been recognised as refugees, and out of those 22.5, about half are children under the age of eighteen.
please, don't turn away. don't scroll past or think of this as liberalist propaganda drenched in emotion. see our brothers, our sisters, and act.
depending on your home country, there are plenty of simple ways to help out:
-donate to the united nations high commission for refugees (UNCHR) to support faster, more efficient processing of refugee claims and maintain hygenic conditions in displacement camps
head to www.preemptivelove.org for faith-based boots on the ground support in iraq
support the white helmets (www.whitehelmets.org) to continue providing partisan emergency support to conflict zones in syria
find your favourite international charity (world vision,
donate food and time to the asylum seekers resource centre in melbourne(www.asrc.org.au), the asylum seekers centre in greater sydney (www.asylumseekerscentre.org.au) or donate to the refugee council of australia (www.refugeecouncil.org.au)
call up or write to your local MP, participate in partisan, positive, rallies
visit your local immigration detention facility to build relationships with asylum seekers and refugees in your community (any sydney folks, I'm working through the process now so I'm happy to help)
what matters is that you do something. if you can't afford to donate financially, offer your time. if you have no time, find one day a fortnight, I've got two jobs, a volunteer position and a full time study load and I'll still be attending the next rally in the sydney cbd. whatever happens, do not let apathy be the story that you share when all is said and done.
our hearts were made to break in moments like these
we were made to build together.