Trump would not be a pogrom you could leave behind, and other refugee stories…

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  1. The world feels so small now. Even though we live in a bubble of safety here, we are aware of this monumental tragedy unfolding before us. I think about these people fleeing misery and war every day now. As you ask, how is it possible that the EU and America are not working together and coming up with a plan to help them? I heard a story (also on NPR) about how the Greek people, in the Greek islands, are helping to provide water, biscuits and comfort to the people arriving on their shores by the hundreds every day. The Greek people, who are suffering so much themselves due to the financial ruin of their country due to predatory capitalism, and who are losing tourism on their islands now as well, are helping the people landing on their shores, while their government dithers and looks away.

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    1. So true. There are also refugee groups who arrived earlier and have gotten stuck in Greece who have been giving help to the new arrivals. They too, who have so little, are sharing what they can. Today, there was another NPR story, this time about a Nigerian woman who migrated to Greece twenty years ago. Since then she’s co-founded a women’s group called Melissa, which is now helping the new refugees. A beautiful story. http://www.npr.org/2015/08/31/436229298/settled-migrants-in-greece-reach-out-to-help-newcomers
      xo, g

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  2. This post is yet another which arrived “just in time” to meet my own brain thinking about the same subject. I remember a year ago when children from Central America were coming across the border in big numbers, sent out of harm’s way by their families, held by our government in detention camps, yelled at by right-wing demonstrators. I remember noting that these were not migrants, not even undocumented immigrants, but refugees, and that, for people to truly understand the situation, it was important to call them that. I remember the horrible feeling watching the behavior of my fellow Americans, a nauseating fear that I feel again now when I watch Trump whip up the confused, hurting, fearful crowds with his plan to build walls around the “real” America.”

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    1. Thank you Anita for reminding us of all those Mexican and Central American child refugees on America’s southern border last summer. I actually haven’t heard much about it lately, and wonder what has happened/is happening with all those children. Wondering if humanity ever asserted itself in caring for them. It’s hard to keep track of all the terrible, unjust actions going on in the world, and all the millions of innocent victims. I”m always wondering what I can do, and almost always feel like I don’t do enough. I try not to be too hard on myself, but I also don’t want to be soft on myself. It is an ongoing internal dialogue I hold. I’m sure this is true for others too. Those age old questions “What is to be done?” and “What can I do?” There’s so many more good people in the world who, though their desire is there, haven’t reached their potential for alleviating suffering. I’m always looking for collaborators to work in the world, but so far (except for with our South African AIDS project through Dharmagiri, and the poetry benefits for Creativity Explored, I haven’t felt successful. I keep watching and listening closely so hopefully I won’t miss a good opportunity if it appears. xo, g

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  3. There is also so much to be done in so many places. It feels like holes springing in a sinking ship. Where to start? How to make a difference? It all feels so overwhelming and hard to get your head around. I suppose if we all worked on plugging one of the holes by lending a helping hand in some way that we could right some of the wrongs. In our daily lives of media overload it seem challenging. Climate change, ISIS, mass-shootings, on and on. For me, working at a local level is one of the ways I can give back and feel like I make a difference, but I’m afraid that it will take many of us working at an international level to affect change worldwide – much harder to do. No answers, only questions.

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