clarkston, georgia is the most diverse square mile in the united states. refugees from all over the world live in colorful, beautiful community with one another. the coming together of customs, cultures, and ways of life is unbelievable. it’s a place where businesses, ministries, and community service groups lay aside all biases, prejudices, and self-seeking behaviors to unite in an effort to give refugees a place to call home after the unimaginable experiences they’ve been forced to endure. @friendsofrefugees taught us how to look at refugees through eyes of love—these aren’t people to fear or turn away from. these are people who are fleeing for their lives, grieving, and searching for acceptance. on world refugee day, i encourage you to educate yourself on who refugees are and how you can become a better friend to them. ♥️ #worldrefugeeday
i’ve said it before and i’ll say it again: they make me better. i am kinder, more caring, more resilient, and more dedicated to the call of seeking justice for all because of who these kids and so many others are in my life.
we belong to each other. don’t forget that. #worldrefugeeday
how did you spend world refugee day today? as @refugees said so well - 'this #worldrefugeeday and everyday, we honor and remember the strength, courage + resilience of millions displaced from their homes. join us and stand #withrefugees.'
june 20 is #worldrefugeeday. i’ve thought a lot about this today, & it may be a long caption, but i think it is important. according to the un refugee agency around 68 million people are displaced from their homes around the world. our president signed an executive order this afternoon ending family separations at the border, but that doesn’t account for the 2,300 families that have already been forced apart. these are real numbers. real people.
when i see these facts & think of these situations, it’s overwhelming. i encourage you to educate yourself on this global crisis, because it’s far from over. it’s not something that can be completely defined or understood by numbers, but through the experiences and trials happening daily.
the simple thing is, refugees are people. people that have feelings, and families, and love life’s and hopes, and dreams. when i see this picture, it reminds of a day where i understood a little more of what’s happening in the world around me, and my heart changed for the better.
i wish i could adequately explain the feeling of being present in a room full of true beauties from a variety of cultures. all refugees. hearing women share their experiences of getting to where they are today and support one another through hardships is something i will never forget. swipe to see a photo of how they spoke truth into themselves and one another, through any language. it’s one of my favorite memories.
we hear a lot of talk about immigration and border control, but rarely any conversations about the ngo’s working tirelessly across the world that desperately need help managing these situations. if you need context on this visually follow the work of @lynseyaddario or @jbmoorephoto. if you want to know of someone local who has encountered this crisis first hand, reach out to incredible people like @cmhancock9 or @samari_ah to hear/see unimaginable stories/photos. if you want to see organizations making real differences daily, who need your help, follow updates from @refugees or @lighthouserelief or @refugecoffeeco. if you aren’t called to serve physically, donate financially. i think sometimes we forget how much of a difference we can truly make.