A Syrian refugee’s thank you letter reveals a different side of the crisis
A Facebook post for humanity.
With all of the negative press and attention surrounding Europe’s refugee crisis, it is comforting to stumble upon words of hope, kindness and empathy.
Ahmad al-Rashid, a Syrian refugee, was working for UNICEF in Iraq and Syria for men, women and children like himself, before he was forced to flee.
His journey to safety took eight weeks, wending through Turkey, Greece and much of Europe after a smuggler deceived him and put him on a truck headed in the wrong direction.
When he finally made it to England, he was granted asylum and found a place to stay with a family who is hosting Rashid through the Rooms for Refugees initiative.
Rashid was so moved with gratitude that he posted an open letter to England on Facebook.
Read the full content of his letter, below:
Rashid’s letter is beautiful proof of the power of human kindness and empathy to shine through even the most challenging times. His words show the humanity of both the victims of the refugee crisis--men and women who desperately miss their homeland--and those in Europe who could easily turn a blind eye but have instead chosen to extend a helping hand.
The more the Syrian refugee crisis continues to dominate headlines, particularly in the aftermath of the November 13 Paris attacks, the more important it is to keep individual stories such as Rashid’s in mind. It’s easy to get lost in the paralysis of anger and frustration. It’s easy to feel defeated when it seems like everyone is pointing fingers and closing borders.
But every day there are humans who practice kindness. Every day there are humans who lift up the downtrodden. And every day you can find an ethos of acceptance if you look beyond the loud roar of intolerance.
Throughout the UK people are actively seeking ways to help and give their time, money, and homes to refugees in need.
As Rashid’s story shows, it can be these daily actions and attitudes that make the biggest difference.