Elliot Fox from the UN Refugee Agency in Malaysia sent me this.
Today is World Refugee Day. You can be part of the Hands of Hope movement in support of refugees.
It’s hard to imagine what it must be like to be a refugee. To see your village torn apart by war. To escape under horrific conditions to an unfamiliar land where you don’t speak the language. To be alone, surrounded by strangers, not knowing who you can trust, not knowing what tomorrow will bring.
Yet for thousands of refugees in Malaysia and millions more worldwide, this is the story of their lives. But you can help bring happy endings to these tragic stories. There are so many things you can do, and one of them is by learning more about refugees.
If you’ve never met a refugee before, it will blow your mind to learn about what they have gone through just to survive. They are not here for merely a better economic life, they have been forced to leave their homes in order to save their lives. What I have found is that Malaysians are always accepting and compassionate about refugees, if they receive that information to begin with. We’ve realised that the best way to get this information out is through the Internet, and not just through the traditional media.