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Ovation: June 20th Is World Refugee Day.

06/20/2013

WRD_logowebI’ve always had “stuff” and I’ve always had a “home”.  I’ve lived in many places but I’ve never been evicted, foreclosed or chased away in any way shape or form.  With each move from city to city, state to state, apartment to condo to house my collection of “stuff” has grown.  I’ve lived in my current house since 2001 and, try as I might; I can’t seem to keep from collecting more “stuff”.

“A house is just a place to keep your stuff while you go out and get more stuff.” – George Carlin

I find the thought of not having any “stuff” to be completely incomprehensible and the concept of abandoning everything that I hold dear for any reason is positively frightening.  Leaving my home with nothing but the clothes on my back would surely push me over the edge.

A refugee is a person who is outside his or her country of origin or familiar residence because they have suffered, or fear, persecution because of their race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or because they are a member of a persecuted “social group” or because they are fleeing a war or natural disaster.

Since 2001, June 20th has been set aside to celebrate World Refugee Day.  Each year countless civic groups in more than one hundred countries recognize the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are somehow forced to flee their homelands and to raise awareness to their plight.

Annual celebrations involve actual refugees, government officials, humanitarian aid workers, civilians, and celebrities like actress Angelina Jolie who serves as a Special Envoy of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees and appears in this short video …

Most people in America don’t realize that there are more than 43.7 million refugees around the world and that a significant majority are women and children.

Spread the word, raise awareness, make a donation or say a prayer.  I can’t bear the thought of being chased from my home and leaving all my “stuff” behind.  Can you?

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  1. Well done and said. Thanks, BTG

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