Archive for the ‘refugees’ Category

Sexual Exploitation of Children in Japan

Dear Friends for Life:   The current population of Japan is a little over 127 million, of which approximately 25 million are children under the age of 18. According to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, a child is defined as anyone under the age of 18. Japan is a major destination, source, and transit country for children subjected to sex trafficking and sexual exploitation. Continue reading

Imagine a world more open to refugees

Today is the most important day in the lives of Refugees. Why? Because tomorrow never comes. It is today that they are forced to flee war, persecution and violence. It is today that they need safety and assurance that other human beings stand with them. Among the basic needs of refugee families today is a safe place to live. In reality, this should not be classified as a need, but as a basic human right which applies to all human beings today. Continue reading

Humanitarian Crisis looms in Scary Flights

Dear Friends for Life:  Reading daily about the suffering of refugees, we conclude that no one chooses to flee their home. Forced to depart suddenly, it is impossible for people to apply for the necessary papers and visas required to travel. This results in a growing number of persons who have no alternative but to choose potentially hazardous methods to slip away –  by foot, by boat or by being smuggled out.

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Voices Crying Out in the Wilderness

Dear Friends for Life:  Poet Warsan Shire hit a nerve  recently with this evocative stanza from her poem “Home”. No one leaves home unless / home is the mouth of a shark. You only run for the border / when you see the whole city / running as well.” and “no one puts their children in a boat / unless the water is safer than the land.”

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No Place To Call Home

Dear Friends for Life:  Sidah Hawa stares towards the horizon. The scorching sun filters through the sparse shade of the tree under which she sits. Her six children huddle close as she breastfeeds Asanti, her 18-month-old baby. “I have suffered a great deal; these past few days have been really bad,” she says after a long silence. “I didn’t have enough food. I had raw cassava. This is what I fed my children. When they were tired, we rested then I gave them some water.” Continue reading

Refugees are not statistics

Dear Friends for Life:    

The UN estimates that about 60 million people are displaced forcibly in the world. Would these people be called “Refugees” or “Migrants”? Online news as well as the mass media use these terms interchangeably, yet there is a great difference which affects our approach when tackling this problem. Continue reading

Families Torn Apart

Dear Friends for Life,   While many of us live in the comfort of safety, our Yazidi brothers and sisters in Iraq continue to face starvation, lack of water, and threats to their safety. Fleeing from Mt. Sinjar, hundreds and thousands search for safety today in Iraq’s northern regions. Continue reading

“Comfort Zones” Creating A Lost Generation

Dear Friends,  A tremendous crisis hangs over the world today and continues to expand. Does the majority out there really care? Or has humanity reached a stage in which those living in “comfort zones” no longer care about those suffering in “non-comfort zones”. Continue reading