You have sixty seconds to run for your life. What would you take with you?
It’s World Refugee Day, and according to the United Nations there are around 68 million refugees or internally displaced people living today. That’s two times the population of Malaysia. A refugee is someone who has been forced to leave their home because of war, conflict or natural disaster. For many, a life of hardship and an uncertain future await.
We’ve asked a few Malaysians what they would take with them if they had only sixty seconds to leave their homes (not knowing if they would return). Here’s what they have to say.
Through this exercise, all the participants had to think about leaving home for the first time and it was a struggle to decide what to pack. Often, we think being a refugee is something that will never happen to us, but it’s important to remember that all of the refugees today never planned to be one.
War, conflict and natural disaster can happen anywhere and at anytime. No refugee has prior experience, for who would want to leave their home? This World Refugee Day, let’s remember to count our blessings and see how we can lend a helping hand to those seeking a safer future for themselves and their children.