**NOTE: Every little bit of help you can offer refugees can make a difference, even if it seems small to you. This post is about how I had a very meaningful experience doing something very small for refugees in Bangkok’s Immigration Detention Center. If you want to learn how you can help refugees worldwide, you can start with the United Nation Human Rights Council Refugee Agency. If you are a US citizen, please also contact your representatives in the House and the Senate and tell them you support helping refugees.
The Syrian refugee crisis hit its media peak while we were in Bangkok. A picture of a dead little boy, washed up on the beach, and the the story of his family’s tragic flight from war covered our social media pages. People had strong reactions. Some felt for the family and called on governments to do more. Some got involved themselves and actually did something. Some people simply got offended that their friends would dare to post such a horrible picture on their news feed (how dare you make me feel sad! I am VERY SENSITIVE!!!). And the cream of the crop spun stories about how we shouldn’t feel sorry for and help the refugees because some of them might be terrorists. Continue reading