JRS has launched a campaign, called #Do1Thing, to show what individuals are doing to welcome, protect, promote, and integrate refugees in their communities.
We hear the words “refugee crisis” all the time, and the sheer magnitude of the current situation – more than 65 million people forced to leave their homes to seek safety, with 22.5 million of them having had to flee their countries – can leave us feeling powerless and frustrated.
The real crisis, however, is not a “refugee crisis”, but a crisis of solidarity, or what Pope Francis has called “the globalisation of indifference”. The response that is needed is both individual and collective: solidarity is not just an ideal, but is expressed in concrete actions and steps that draw us closer to our neighbours, in whatever situation they find themselves.
To mark the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, JRS launched #Do1Thing, to show how people are responding. These are ordinary people, doing simple things: offering friendship, or helping with a language class. They are not engaged in many great and heroic acts, but often are just offering one thing, one form of support, one day in a week. Often, they just #Do1Thing.
The campaign features videos highlighting the impact that volunteers can have on the lives of refugees. To follow their stories, visit the JRS campaigns page.
A single individual is enough for hope to exist. And that individual can be you.
(Photo credit: Darring Zammit Lupi)