Refugees deserve dignity!

Sharing this blog post from my visit to Greece in 2016. Unfortunately, it remains timely as the numbers of refugees from Ukraine seek safety and shelter.

لماذا غزة؟ Why Gaza?

13584840_10209928361671561_5228288725433714449_oNews on local TV channel in Greece

They’re stripped of their country, their livelihoods, their homes, possessions and often their families, but they shouldn’t have their dignity stripped from them too.

UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, estimates that as of 2015, there are approximately 21.3 million refugees worldwide, more than half of them under the age of 18. UNHCR’s database is a sobering reflection of the magnitude of the refugee crisis now, as well as over time.

13528105_10209916057123955_3030500298714158139_o (1)Afghan refugee in a camp on the mainland of Greece

I abhor the notion of disaster tourism, and had to think long and hard about my motivation for traveling to Greece to witness this unfolding tragedy. When the opportunity came to join a small group (Operation Refugee Child) that was distributing donations from the U.S., I decided to join them, not to gawk and snap a ton of photos…

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March 10, 2022 · 9:32 am

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