World Refugee Day 2017

20 June is World Refugee Day. There are over 65 million refugees and internally displaced people around the world today. Imagine if you had minutes to leave your home fleeing violence and bombs – what would you take with you? In this brief UNHCR video, Cate Blanchett & other actors share what refugees took with them.

“We must not let ourselves be moved by fear in this country.” So spoke Eleanor Roosevelt on 28 November 1939 regarding the Jewish refugee crisis in WWII Europe. Her admonishment remains a strong challenge for us today.

Conflict battered refugees – mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, daughters, sons – need new homes today. Safe places to live and heal.

Let’s open our hearts to hear their cries today and every day.

restoring refugee lives  🙂

grace, peace & open hearts


“People have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.”  Audrey Hepburn (actress & UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador)

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4 Responses to World Refugee Day 2017

  1. TMH says:

    Virginia: thanks for this post. I’ll be forwarding the video link to friends with the subject line, “Time for me to count my blessings.” The video really leaves most of us viewers with the question, “Isn’t there MORE this country can do?”

    • Virginia says:

      Yes, our country can do more (there is such a huge need right now), as we have done in the past. As individuals we can do our part – by volunteering, sharing information, raising awareness, giving to organizations that help refugees on the ground & those that help resettlement efforts in this country… it’s a long list! Thanks for caring!

  2. I’m a little late in responding, but I too have a heart for the many displaced and hurting people of this world we live in. We must not be complacent. We all must endeavour to do ‘something… anything’ that will help! Diane

    • Virginia says:

      Adding all our ‘anythings’ together = somethings that make a difference. Thank you Diane for your faithful service & heart for the hurting. Hugs!

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