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Five ways to stand with refugees

In 2014, Save the Children, a UK-based nonprofit organization, released a shocking video. In one minute and thirty seconds you witness a year in the life of a young girl and her family. The initial scenes are full of joy—the family sings happy birthday. The young girl goes to school and plays with friends. But it quickly grows dark. You overhear a TV news anchor mention a recent outbreak of violence. Fear casts shadows over the parent’s once carefree smiles. One night the girl wakes up to the sound of gunfire and bombings. 35 seconds after the initial birthday singing you watch the family rush to pack their belongings to escape coming airstrikes. In under one year, the family went from living a “normal” life to being refugees.The video is hard to watch. Which then begs the question, why watch it at all? At the end you see the reason, “Just because it isn’t happening here doesn’t mean it isn’t happening.” The current refugee crisis is staggering. Millions of people have been forcibly displaced...

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