"A Refugee's Journey"
was created to increase awareness
about the largest humanitarian
crisis of our time since World War II.
CROP Walk participants were encouraged to follow the yellow rope through stations to learn about why a person becomes a refugee and the difficult life they begin as a result of their decision to flea from their homes in an effort to secure safety and a better life for their families.
1. PATH OF UNCERTAINTY
Refugees are persons fleeing their homes or countries of origin due to natural disasters and political or religious persecution in search of refuge and resettlement. Every five seconds a person is displaced in the world today. This means that on any given day, thousands of people are being forced to leave their homes. Today the number is around 60,000,000 people around the world.
Once families have decided that they have to leave their homes many decisions have to be made due to the unexpected challenges that arise. (Cross a war zone, extreme weather conditions, ethnic violence, gender inequality and/or religious persecution).
Once the journey has started, one of the main challenges is to secure water to survive. Even it they have been able to get into a Refugee Camp, water is limited. In a camp, refugees fetch water from a communal water tap. On a daily basis, they have to make this trip an average of six times a day, carrying heavy buckets and having access to showers twice a week.
Once they are in a camp, families receive twice a month food vouchers to be used in the approved market in the camp. The food that regularly is available to buy are beans, rice, ghee and canned goods, because they don't have any refrigeration to keep fresh food from spoiling. Food is carried to the communal kitchen for cooking.
Due to the immediate need of resources, shelter, and medical services created by disaster or conflict, a quick, affordable, and available solution in the form of tents is usually implemented. Simple tent structures, groups together from a "tent city". To learn more about the often extreme and difficult living conditions (crowding, sanitation, weather etc.) in these tent city you can learn more on the CWS Global website.
Church World Service believes that one of the great things we can do is to help those people find a home again, whether that is through resettlement to another country, helping them find legal status where they are or helping them to feel safe in their communities. We see each day the resilience and courage displayed by the refugees and immigrants. These families who have survived war, violence, persecution, torture and often decades living in camps continue to inspire us in our work as we strive to help them realize their own dreams.
Special Thanks to:
Teresa Cintron, CWS Community Engagement Specialist - East Area; for sharing this information with us.
CWS Global Immigration
and Refugee Program
Mahmoud Mahmoud, Director
26 Journal Square, Suite 600
Jersey City, NJ 07306
PH # 201-659-0468