Filling the Emptiness

You’re hungry.

Your stomach is empty, but you almost forget about that as you see your child grab their own as they try to focus on their homework, whimpering slightly from the hunger pains.

You want to buy bread, so you check your wallet, realizing that you probably don’t have enough money to buy any of the over-priced stuff. You decide to go to the store anyway, even though you’re worried about possibly getting detained by an officer or getting stuck in a riot on your way. Your child is hungry, after all.

You reach the line of people waiting to buy long before you get to the store. You patiently wait your turn, standing there for a total of three hours until you come to the front of it, your stomach growling through it all. You talk to the attendant only to find out that the money you have, which is all you have, isn’t enough, and even if it were, there isn’t any bread to buy.

You return home with empty hands and an empty stomach, yet feeling a greater emptiness in your heart as you watch your child suffer innocently.

These types of situations, and worse, are what many refugees experience in their home-countries, and are what they flee from as they seek refuge in foreign places. I have had the opportunity to hear some of their stories, and it is truly heart-breaking to think that real people actually go through that today.

The number of global displaced persons is steadily rising, yet our response to it is decreasing. (Pew Research Center) Why? Why do we sit comfortably by in our homes while these people desperately search for safety and stability? It all starts with awareness. As we become more and more aware of the hopeless situations in which the refugees find themselves, we will be more motivated to take action.

They need us.

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