"For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me. I was ill and you comforted me, in prison and you came to visit me. I assure you, as often as you did it for the least among you, you did it for me."
— Matthew 25:35-40
According to the UNHCR, an unprecedented more than 70 million have been forced from their homes to escape war, persecution, terror, or disasters. Here's an even more sobering fact: every minute in 2018, 25 people were forced to flee.
The journeys of those men, women and children don't always make headline news, but their plights are often long and dangerous. Some find safety within the borders of their home country, making them internally displaced persons. Others seek refugee in other countries and become refugees and asylees.
June 20 is World Refugee Day, a day to recognize the plight of refugees around the world, and work toward long-term solutions for them.
Refugees are victims of violence but, more importantly, they are also the strongest voices for peaceful solutions and a loud call to put our faith into action.