Ramadan: The Face of A Refugee

Diaspora.

refugee famAll around the world, millions of people have become refugees.  They are not only Muslim people, but also Yazidis and Christian.  According to the UN Refugee Agency, “A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence.  A refugee [is someone who] has a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. Most likely, they cannot return home or are afraid to do so. War and ethnic, tribal and religious violence are leading causes of refugees fleeing their countries” .

Refugees have diverse ancestry and nationalities.  They are Persian, Arab, Asian and yet, the one aspect that unites them is that they have lost everything.  They have no money, status, livelihood, friends and family.   They do not have homes or the basic needs to care for their families.  Many more than once believed have been violated and physically abused by smugglers, traffickers or captors. Akram is one such person.

In the middle of the night IS attacked Akram’s city.  The burning of homes and killing spree lasted for days.  Akram, an outstanding professional in his community was not killed, but captured and held for many weeks.  He was tortured and sexually abused day after day, until his serendipitous escape.  Government officials found him in a blown up factory hiding in the rubble.  He was broken and weak.   Thinking him to be a spy, they picked him up and threw him in an overcrowded prison.  Over time, they realized he was not who they had assumed he was and released him.   Akram spent many days looking for his family and after 2 months, they were reunited.

Akram’s story is not unique.  He, like thousands of others have suffered great personal hardship and difficulty.   He like so many others have sought and received asylum in your country, albeit America, France, Germany, England, etc.  They may even live in your town.

We must ask ourselves,  ‘What if anything, are we going to do to welcome these battered, suffering, broken refugees?’  They have nothing.  What can we offer Akram?

“When Hatred and Revenge is Promoted, Christians Remain the Keepers of Hope for Humanity”

June 13, 2016 by Open Doors

The answer is simple.  We can pray; we can love; and we can share the story of Jesus who left the throne of heaven to love Akram and his family back to wholeness.  Akram has a far greater chance to hear Truth since he is broken as well as isolated from his former community. Most refugees have never even had a real conversation with a Follower of Christ. We can do this.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
(Joh 3:16-17)

(This story has been altered and the names of individuals have been changed)

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