#ALL LIVES MATTER #EVERY ACTION COUNTS #WORLD REFUGEE DAY
Pull a seat and your favorite cup of coffee. Since today the World marks an important day in which we celebrate the refugees, the asylum seekers, the internally displaced persons, and the stateless persons.
What these four groups of people have in common is that they all lack a home. They move from one country or state to another in search of a place to call home. Somewhere where they can observe the stars at night without the fear of anyone or anything.
At times war and ethnic violence may cause one to run to safety. Various leaders of some countries may incite the citizens into unnecessary fights to oppose a political party. Thus, the underprivileged have no other option but to run. Another reason is gender orientation. “It is widely documented that LGBTI individuals are the targets of killings, sexual and gender-based violence, physical attacks, torture, arbitrary detention, accusations of immoral or deviant behavior, denial of the rights to assembly, expression and information, and discrimination in employment, health, and education in all regions around the world,” the UNHCR wrote. Moreover, we have cases of hunger and climate change that affects their lives in more ways than one.
Despite all that, when the refugees flee to other countries, they are kept in camps. The camps which have inadequate facilities, inadequate water, and inadequate food. Not forgetting problems that prevail due to language and cultural barriers and the post-traumatic stress of fleeing persecution in their home countries. The host countries also deny them enough medical facilities and clothing.
So this year as we celebrate world refugee day, the host countries should also be more considerate. By providing them with adequate necessities and employment and jobs.As we thank the UNHCR[United Nations High Commission for Refugees] for their effort to ensure that the refugees find a home away from home. We can make an effort by contributing some funds to help them get through these tough times.
As one said, A KIND GESTURE CAN REACH A WOUND THAT ONLY COMPASSION CAN HEAL.
By Joy Kirima.