What would you do with your family if roving gangs with automatic weapons were killing people randomly in your neighborhood or if armed forces were firing heavy weapons like tanks, RPGs or mortars inexplicably destroying houses and buildings or jets and missiles were raining death unpredictably on your community? What would you do if you could not let your children go outside or if your family was afraid a random explosion of their home would snuff out their lives?
If you were in Syria, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Palestine, Tanzania or elsewhere, you would do as an estimated fifteen million people before you, you would pack whatever you could carry and become a migrating refugee to a safer place. You might make your way, most often on foot, to one of many refugee camps. You would uproot those you love and transport them to an uncertain future in order to save their lives. In addition, probably most of you would mourn for your children’s loss of their childhood.
If you were Syrian, you might go to Al Zaatri, a refugee camp in Jordan that now ranks as the fourth largest refugee camp in the world with over 123,000 refugees. A few years ago this camp was not on the world’s top ten list but growth of 5000 refugees a day would do that.
The point is that whether we bomb Assad’s regime for its use of chemical weapons or not, whether we marshal negative world opinion or have a President who suffers a humiliating defeat in Congress, we must not forget the displaced people of the world. Their suffering has to be our suffering. If the universe of Star Wars were real, they would be a major and ongoing disruption of the Force.
There have been earlier articles on this blog that discuss refugee camps. See http://www.iamaguardian.com//?s=a+climate+premonition&x=0&y= and http://www.iamaguardian.com//?s=income+disparity+grows+migration+push+&x=0&y=0 .
I personally participate by donating recurring monthly amounts to the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees, aka The UN Refugee Agency (see http://donate.unhcr.org ). I have attached an article from a few years ago, but updated this year, that lists organizations that are rated and ranked and in which you should have confidence. (http://www.charitywatch.org/hottopics/iraqaid.html ) Pick an organization and start a donation relationship to show your humanity to some of the most suffering people of the world.
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