Archana Nair/19th June, 2018
“Humanity should be our race, love our religion”
We’ve come across this quote a million times, but have we ever thought of it in depth? What does Humanity mean? What does it stand for? Is it feeding the homeless? Or is it helping the ones in need? Is it living a selfless life? Or is it making the world a better place to live in? Humanity is all these and much more. Humanity cannot be defined in few lines, it can only be felt through emotions. Today, in the times of modern technology and immense power race, humanity is in the hands of danger. One of the biggest examples is that of the refugee crisis.
The refugee crisis is rising at an alarming rate. According to UNHCR statistics, 68.5 Million people are forcibly displaced in the world out of which 25.4 Million are refugees, 40 Million internally displaced people and 3.1 Million Asylum-seekers. The world is currently witnessing one of the highest levels of displacement on record.
Millions of people have been ripped apart from their families and are forced to leave their homes due to conflicts and persecution. Many of them are under the age of 18, young and frightened. Every year on June 20th, the United Nations, UNHCR and other civic groups host World Refugee Day in order to draw people’s attention towards this growing emergency. Many countries such as Canada, Switzerland, Australia, Spain and the United States welcome thousands of refugees into their countries every year and give them another chance at living.
Power makes people do terrible things and that is exactly what is happening in the world today. Humanity has lost its value. More and more people are committing heinous crimes in the name of politics and democracy. What could be worse than living your life unable to go back to your homeland and being classified as stateless? That is the life of a refugee. They flee their luxurious lifestyle in hope of a better future to a distant land, unaware of the challenges they might have to face in the foreign land. An obstacle in terms of language, employment, education, lifestyle and living. Thousands of refugees spend their days in the camps outside the country borders. Kids and teenagers cannot continue with their schooling and education due to lack of proper system at the camps. Although there are various NGO’s working towards the upliftment of the refugees and helping them get a citizenship, not many are lucky. Even the ones who are lucky enough and get a chance at making a new life for themselves, their hurdles are not over yet.
So the next time you come across a refugee, do not remind him or her that they are in a foreign land away from their homes. Do not make them feel uncomfortable, instead make them feel welcomed. Appreciate their efforts in learning new customs and getting used to new cultures. Show kindness towards them, show gratitude towards them.