Imagine the place you live at is being under attack. It doesn't matter by whom. Just imagine that there are groups, or somebody coming to destroy your home and neighborhood. Imagine that your country is being invaded by foreign entities, that you can't do anything about it! The only thing left for you and your family to do, is to escape as fast as possible. But where? Most likely you would make the decision to flee to the closest country possible.
For instance, let's say you live in the United States. You would have two options, either Mexico or Canada. So you and your family pack the most important things and head to meet with other people who are planing to escape.
On your way, you will encounter many obstacles such as hunger, thirst, illness, diseases and many other issues! Some won't survive, but all you have in mind is to make it safely and alive together with your family. That is the most important thing after all, to stay together with your family, with those you love and care for! But then, half way through, you get separated from your family. There are many reasons why that might happen. But you know, that you can't be searching for them or else you will get killed. So you must continue to find refuge. You and the remaining group of people continue to make it to Mexico or Canada. You finally are getting closer to the border. Now you start seeing helicopters, planes and border patrol getting closer. You get scared and so many questions are running through your mind, not to mention the fear you are feeling. So you get to the fence which looks and feels more like a wall, for in reality that's what it is. You and everybody else, start to panic, some break in tears and even on their knees while crying for help. The border patrol and officials standing at the fence, holding their guns stare at each other, then at you. For a moment, you see your life flashing through your eyes while sensing death. But then something unexpected happens. The border patrol opens up a way through the fence and reaches their hands to you and the other refugees. In tears but still in fear you quickly walk over to the other side. You fall in the arms of one of the officers as they tell you that you are now safe and everything is going to be fine. They hand you water and tell you that you will shortly receive food and shelter. You can't believe what you have just been through.
Hours later, at the refugee camp, a camp that has enough space for everybody to move freely and find each other while receiving what ever help needed, you walk to the ocean which is in eye sight. You sit on the white sand while staring out into the horizon as if you were waiting for somebody. Moments later, you see a small boat with a few people on it. You aren't sure how to feel, how could you? After all, the only hope you have left is that your family will be on that boat...
This short story was inspired by the short film "Let Me in" directed by Jonathan Olinger and performed by Alicia Keys.
Did you know that over 60 million people are displaced ? What's even more sad is that more than half of those (over 30,000,000 million) are children!
Let that sink in for a moment!
Now can you imagine that there are people out there who have the nerve to even mention building a "huge and beautiful" wall? A wall so big that nobody would be able to climb over or even break it! Can you imagine that there are people out there who want to close all borders so that no refugees can enter? Can you even imagine that there are people out there who have the nerve to claim that refugees are dangerous and pose a threat to us?
Unfortunately evil does seem to exist.
But there is still hope. Hope for those in need and even for all of us as we can and should never make the assumption that certain things could never happen to us!
What you can do?
Well, aside from not voting for the two-party system, or supporting those who are against helping those in need; You can head over to those websites to find out more and take action:
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