Have you heard? They’re sending people
to Mars. It seems to me…
Crazy? Mars is hostile to life.
You can’t even breathe the
air! How will they survive?
Well, we’ll make them a refuge,
of course. It’s only
Right. We value their lives
– The forefront of humanity –
We must make sure they thrive.
We shall cast over them an Iron Dome,
pull fresh air from the ether,
make the rocks weep out its water,
grow food – it will be just like Home.
On their perilous journey we will strive
to keep them safe
watch them from afar
with 24-hour care
all they need to be is – brave.
All of that we can do?
Yes, if mankind has a mind to.
The night air is peaceful, and sweet.]
Say, did you also hear
There’s another place where
it’s hostile to breathe? The air
burns you inside, sears
you to stillness.
Do you think if me and you,
and us – we – were to say, hey,
we want to go and stay
with them, in that place that’s hostile too…
Do you think they
will build a refuge over us all,
and we all get to
After all, if their Refuge moves there
They wouldn’t have to be
– Kuala Lumpur, for Syria [Khan Sheikhoun chemical gas release].
2017. At no time in the history of mankind, has war and unrest displaced as many people from their homes, turning ordinary citizens into destitute refugees. Today, almost 1 in 100 people are displaced persons.
Across the Middle East and Africa, one of the defining phenomena of the century begin to unfold. And when Syria folded in civil war, the escalation reached watershed proportions.
An entire nation – formerly prosperous and educated – reduced to beggars.
No continent is spared – whether as origin, transit, or asylum destination in this crisis.
Or as the profiteers.
Nations quarrel over mercy. Yet others quietly act their conscience. And some others stride over the region playing chess over the bones and flesh of those who cannot leave. Cannot sleep.
How travellers (and residents) can help in the refugee crisis
Perhaps most people in this famously travelling age, travel out of desperation, not choice.
But the discretionary traveller can also opt for a different kind of sustainable travel.
For those who are not travelling, you can help people who are helping refugees.
Find out more at the linked sites:
For more inspiration read: Travel for a cause: Volunteering with refugees in Calais, France