What happens to refugee families after the media has moved on?
Why have they fled their homelands to begin a new life on a new continent?
How can we love our new neighbours?
From Germany to the USA, Finland to Greece and many places in between, refugees are gathered from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, and so many other lands. We've seen image after image of people arriving on the boats, of families trapped at the border. But after they are allowed to travel on and arrive at their destination, their lives in the new lands are often tucked away into transit camps and refugee homes. The stories of the individuals quickly get lost in the drama of the thousands.
Many have fled from war. Many were being persecuted for their ethnicity or religion.
This project gives a small glimpse into their worlds: where they have come from, their hopes as they move into an uncertain future, and the dignity that clothes each and every person.
We also tell stories of volunteers and other ordinary people who are finding ways to engage with refugees. And we tell the stories of the refugees who are offering their time and resources when they have nothing else to give.
It is our hope that these stories will inspire us to respond with
love and compassion.
Our Instagram is full of stories of refugees, volunteers, and other inspiring humans. We blog most frequently at Medium, where we also publish in-depth photo essays. We also post volunteer opportunities (or create our own!) to give ideas for practical ways to help in your own community.