Bloggers Unite for Refugees November 10, 2008

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Imagine with me for a minute  ……………..

Something very, very bad has happened.  Maybe it was a tsunami or a hurricane, maybe an earthquake or volcano, maybe it was war.  Whatever it was, it has changed everything.  Nothing is the same and you know it never will be again.  Your life, your way of living, your existence as you knew it, is over and gone.  Nothing is familiar.  Nothing is comforting.  Nothing is yours.

Your home is gone, your possessions are gone, your money is gone, your friends are gone and your family is gone. 

What will you eat today?  How will you get it?  Nothing is the way it was yesterday.  Not one thing in your life is normal in any sense of the word.  Who will you talk to?  Who will help you?  Where will you go?  How will you get there?  Where can you lay your head tonight and feel safe?  

You know that tomorrow will find you in the same position.  And through it all is the overwhelming need to connect with your family and friends.  If you could just have your family back, it would make another day in this situation more bearable.  If you could only know  what happened to them, where they are, it would make all the difference.  Even being able to look for them would at least make you feel like you were able to DO something.

The loneliness and uncertainty are crushing.  You have nothing yet you feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders.  You are exhausted.  You’re hungry.  You’re tired.  Yet you have no place to go, no place to call home.  You don’t even have your country anymore.  Not even the language of your country is heard around you. 

It’s hard to imagine isn’t it?  It’s difficult to even comprehend what it would be like to wake up one day and find that everything in your world is exactly different.  It’s nearly impossible to imagine all of that and then add the fact that you are alone and have no idea where your family is.  It’s incomprehensible to try to imagine not knowing if they are even alive.

BlogCatalog, in partnership with Refugees United,  http://www.refunite.org/index.php,  has enlisted bloggers around the world to unite and raise their voices together on one day in order to help ease this worldwide problem.  Today is the day.   

Below are links to many refugee services.  Click on one and see what you can do to help.  Go one step further and join Bloggers Unite and Refugees United at BlogCatalog and add your voice. 

If we can send probes to Mars we can help solve the refugee problem in this country, this hemisphere, this world.  It can happen to anyone at any time.  Pay it forward and help the world’s refugees now. 

UK Refugee Services
http://www.redcross.org.uk/TLC.asp?id=81617

Lutheran Refugee Services
http://www.lirs.org/

Aotearoa-New Zealand Refugee Services
http://www.refugeeservices.org.nz/

United States Committee for Refugees and Immigrant Children
http://www.refugees.org/

Church World Service Immigrant & Refugee Program
http://www.churchworldservice.org/Immigration/index.html

Women’s Commission for Refugee Women & Children
http://www.womenscommission.org/

Additional Links/Resources
http://www.unhcr.org/cgi-bin/texis/vtx/protect?id=3b8265c7a
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Refugees
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statelessness
http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/static/in_depth/world/2001/road_to_refuge/default.stm

Together we can raise awareness about the plight of refugees the world over.  For more information about how you can join Bloggers Unite, click on the following link and let your voice be heard.

Bloggers Unite @ BlogCatalog

http://unite.blogcatalog.com/#challenge

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