Tuesday, June 20, 2006

EVENT: World Refugee Day

If you have a safe home, today is your day to be exceedingly thankful... and to think about what you can do to help others who aren't so fortunate.

Here are a few articles about the day:

War orphan fights to rebuild families (Ashoka)

(CNN) -- Haidy Duque Cuesta was 23 when her father was murdered, one of the many victims of the bloody conflict that has roiled Colombia for decades, splintering communities, shattering families and displacing thousands across the country.

No end in sight for Africa's suffering masses

ENTEBBE, Uganda (CNN) -- Just imagine for a moment that everything you own -- from your hard-earned money to your home to your car to little mementos like pictures on the wall -- has just been taken from you by a group of people who don't like the way you look or the shade of your skin or the shape of your nose. Everything gone except, perhaps, the clothes on your back.

The UN Refugee Agency

UN Public Information


Big Ear Creations said...

When I was in Ghana a number of years ago, I spent some time in a Liberian refugee camp. I can honestly say that it put me to shame. Why? They were happier people than me and my selfish culture. Not to EVER underminbe their situation and relieve us from responsibility, but I've learned that western culture has MUCH to learn about life from African culture (even in the midst of extreme hardship)

Jeff said...

Thanks for the thoughts. We do have a lot to learn.

I have a lot to learn. Last weekend I started reading The Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne. Heavy & light/lite at the same time. I have a lot to learn, but I need to live more fully what I already know.

Thanks again for the input.