I’ll keep my comments brief so you’ll have time to visit the helpful resources I’ve found over the past few weeks.
For any refugees reading this post, Jesus (Isa) understands. When He was approximately two-years-old, His family fled Bethlehem for Egypt. His family stayed an unknown number of years in Egypt before feeling safe enough to return. (See Matthew 2). He, too, experienced life as a refugee, escaping a cruel king who killed all the boys two-years-old and younger in the region of their town.
Some Thoughts on the Syrian Refugee Crisis
Refugees Arriving in Greece
An Article to Help Understand the Crisis
“The Islamic State wants you to hate refugees” is an excellent article from The Washington Post. The reporter, Adam Taylor, states: “Perhaps one of the most persuasive arguments against equating refugees with terrorists is simple: It’s exactly what the Islamic State wants… some of the Islamic State’s messages on the refugees … give the impression of deep discomfort and even jealousy that the Muslim population the Islamic State so covets for its self-proclaimed ‘caliphate’ would rather live in ‘infidel’ Western lands.” (Read more)
11,000,000,000 Syrian Refugees
I learned this morning that today was “National Refugee Sunday.” Their video gives an overview of the current refugee crisis. For instance, did you know that almost 700,000 Syrians have fled to Europe, but 4 million refugees are in neighboring Middle Eastern countries and 7 million are displaced within Syria, living in deplorable conditions?
NOTE: The image is a screenshot from the National Refugee Sunday video.