Stand with Refugees

Lim Bol is Vice Principal at a primary school in Kule refugee camp. As a Vice Principal he is obliged to teach as well. Lim is from South Sudan, where conflict that erupted at the end of 2013 has forced 670,000 people to flee into neighbouring countries, and made a further 1.7 million homeless inside their country. His parents are both dead, and his brother refused to leave home to flee to Ethiopia with him.  Lim wants to study and become a medical doctor, but circumstances in Kule refugee camp prevent him to do so.He is alone at Gambella refugee camp, with his cousins Gatwech Gil Thong and Gahorth Kun Thong, and while his basic needs are covered, he says the interruption of his schooling is the thing that gets him down the most. While he waits to complete his secondary education, he is working as a teacher and Vice Principal at one of the camp’s over-crowded primary schools. UNHCR is helping the Ethiopian authorities provide basic education, but a lack of funding means secondary schooling stops after one year instead of four. “This really is not good for us,” says Lim. “I want to go back to my country as someone with knowledge, you know, someone with the power to serve other people.” ; Lim is from South Sudan, where conflict that erupted at the end of 2013 has forced 670,000 people to flee into neighbouring countries, and made a further 1.7 million homeless inside their country. His parents are both dead, and his brother refused to leave home to flee to Ethiopia with him.  Lim wants to study and become a medical doctor, but circumstances in Kule refugee camp prevent him to do so.He is alone at Gambella refugee camp, with his cousins Gatwech Gil Thong and Gahorth Kun Thong, and while his basic needs are covered, he says the interruption of his schooling is the thing that gets him down the most. While he waits to complete his secondary education, he is working as a teacher and Vice Principal at one of the camp’s over-crowded primary schools. UNHCR is hel

Lim Bol is Vice Principal at a primary school in Kule refugee camp. As a Vice Principal he is obliged to teach as well. Lim is from South Sudan, where conflict that erupted at the end of 2013 has forced 670,000 people to flee into neighbouring countries, and made a further 1.7 million homeless inside their country. His parents are both dead, and his brother refused to leave home to flee to Ethiopia with him. Lim wants to study and become a medical doctor, but circumstances in Kule refugee camp prevent him to do so.He is alone at Gambella refugee camp, with his cousins Gatwech Gil Thong and Gahorth Kun Thong, and while his basic needs are covered, he says the interruption of his schooling is the thing that gets him down the most. While he waits to complete his secondary education, he is working as a teacher and Vice Principal at one of the camp’s over-crowded primary schools. UNHCR is helping the Ethiopian authorities provide basic education, but a lack of funding means secondary schooling stops after one year instead of four. Picture courtesy UNHCR

We are living through an unprecedented crisis, with more people forced to flee than at any time since World War II. The refugee crisis not only affects so many citizens from Syria whom has been forced to leave their homes. Ruefully, it affects to so many citizens of the world from very different countries. From Africa to South America: some because they are women and they are harassed, others because they had the bad luck of to live in conflict areas, others because narcos or terrorists have crossed their path. It is not fair but those people feel powerless if other people does not help them and they stand with them at their side. Most of them, they cannot even leave their areas for to start a better life so they do what they can. Anything which is necessary for to survive.

There are so many stories which you can read here. However, what it is important is not that we hear their stories if not that we learn from them. It is important to be always open to others and to do not let certain prejudices blind us but neither that for to be so naive or trustworthy we finish blinded. It is in our hands to can help to so many of this refugees signing this UNHCR petition which will be delivered on September at the UN. Be solidary, what it is happening to most of these people around the world could happen to anyone. #WithRefugees

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