Imagine Being Her On World Refugee Day

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In 2017 there were 65.6 million refugees and Internally Displaced People in the world.  32+ million of whom are women and girls. 7+ million of whom are girls under 18.

Imagine witnessing the starvation, murder, death and rape of your family members and friends.

Imagine having to flee your home with only the clothes on your back.

Imagine being so sure you will be raped that you begin using contraception before your journey.

Imagine traveling thousands of miles by foot for months.

Imagine having to keep your rape(s) secret because you fear being killed by your family.

Imagine wearing the same unwashed clothes that you’ve been raped in and bled on for months on end.

Imagine being pregnant (quite possibly by rape) and the fear of delivering a baby with no doctor or midwife in the middle of nowhere without clean water or pain relief.

Imagine having no toilets.

Imagine having your period and no tampons or pads.

Imagine having no fresh water to drink or wash with.

Imagine living in a refugee camp for years where there are no private sanitation procedures or facilities for women and girls.

Imagine being no safer from the elements, hunger, abuse and rape in a refugee camp than you were on the road.

Imagine being forced into marriage because your family can’t feed or protect you.

Imagine being sold into slavery by your family and/or being kidnapped and trafficked for sex.

Imagine being one of the 10 million girls whose education has stopped for years if not forever because of conflict.

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Imagine “resettlement” in a country that doesn’t want you.

Imagine living in a country whose language you don’t understand and whose people don’t understand you.

Imagine trying to get a job to meet your and your family’s most basic needs when you don’t speak the language and were never able to begin let alone finish your education.

Imagine navigating a culture whose norms, religions, customs and laws are not your own.

Imaging the loneliness and homesickness of knowing you may never be able to go home.  

This is the reality of wars created and fought by men over resources, ethnicity, religion and power.

We can do better. From the relative safety of our homes we can be better sisters and citizens of the world. If we can’t stop the wars we can certainly help to make the journey and the destination safer by raising money, volunteering and advocating.

If you dare to care learn what VERVE is doing about it and join us HERE

Article by Anna Quick Palmer