If we ignore the humanitarian situation, we face enormous and tragic consequences. More and more people are being forced from their homes, families are torn apart, and entire cities and countries are crumbling. If we get more people on board, we can change that.
Every June, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) publishes its list of the top ten most neglected crises in the world. Ranking is based on three criteria:
• Lack of financial support for humanitarian relief efforts
• Lack of media attention
• Diplomatic and political apathy
You are part of the answer.
Even in extremely difficult circumstances, these crises can be resolved—they are not insurmountable problems. However, we must be willing to take them seriously.
A few years ago, a small group of scientists and activists warned about the dangers of climate change. We now understand that everyone has a responsibility and can take steps to change the downtrend. "We don't know" will never be an option.
How we deal with displacement today says a lot about what kind of societies we want to build and maintain. Consider how one person's voice can make a big difference in the climate change debate:
We must act.
The refugee problem undoubtedly requires a political solution. However, they require individual activity. We must start thinking and acting in new ways. If you are the boss, you should recruit refugees. If you are debating about refugees, confront the prejudices and prejudices of your friends and family. Vote for politicians who want to implement crisis management strategies in the general election. If you have spare money, donate to humanitarian organizations that can help those in need.
Here are some simple ways you can help refugees:
1. Reduce coffee consumption.
Donate the cost of a cup of coffee each week while reducing your caffeine consumption!
2. Public education
Spread the word about the humanitarian situation to your friends and family.
3. Let your voice be heard!
Join the discussion. Share your thoughts, participate in debates, and debunk myths and prejudices about immigration.
4. Donate to charity.
You can donate to the Refugee Council through their website.
5. Host fundraising events over the Internet.
When in-person events are not possible, online events are a great way to raise money and awareness. Attempts at virtual concerts, auctions and sports challenges have been wildly successful during the coronavirus pandemic.
6. Creativity in the workplace
Are you working in retail or hospitality? Or are you the owner of a company? Launch new products and donate a portion of sales to charitable organizations.
7. Discover the world.
Despite restrictions on physical travel, digital "travel" opportunities are rapidly increasing. Join webinars, watch documentaries, read local publications and learn how to be a "digital tourist"! You can even visit a refugee camp to learn what it's like to be a refugee.
8. Learn about humanitarian disasters.
Follow and share posts from other humanitarian organizations on social media.