33 Years on, the Needs of Displaced are bigger than Ever

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

JRS staf visiting a child in Detention Center

The year 2013 has seen more and more people forced from their homes and countries. Driven by fear of violent conflict in Myanmar and the Middle East, threats of life, torture and serious abuse, children, mothers, fathers, sons and daughters see no other way as to engage in perilous journeys to safety.

But the increasing need is not merely measurable in numbers, there is not only threat in the lack of food and housing for the millions on the move. The biggest need arises from the decline in solidarity and empathy. Nurtured by xenophobia and a one sided focus on national security many tend to forget about the humanitarian principles and the rights mankind agreed to uphold globally after the human catastrophe of the Second World War.

With sadness we see an increasing number of people being detained in host countries when their flight leads them across state borders, being pushed away on boats, planes or on foot; being rejected yet again by host communities for being different. Is it a sign that we have grown too complacent, that our privileges and safety distance us from those in dire need. Is it that we cannot imagine ourselves in the same situation anymore, used to our rights being respected, our homes and cities being save we have grown cynical about those asking for our protection and help.

Living in Indonesia where now some 11.000 men, women and children seek protection from persecution I am saddened by hearing and reading refugees being called ‘illegal’, seeing children, men and women locked away for months for no other reason than seeking safety. Just as I am writing these lines my phone is ringing with yet another cry for help, ‘’We have only this day left, tomorrow we have to leave our room, we have to stay on the road, we eat only once a day, please friend we hope, as we trust in God, please do something for us.”

Celebrating 33 years of being with and serving refugees, JRS would like to encourage you to extend your hospitality and support to our brothers and sisters that are here to seek protection.

If you would like to support our services please visit: http://jrs.or.id/en/campaign/support-our-work/

Lars Stenger

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