A friend in need is a friend indeed

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It's refugee day and I just kind of wanted to share my thoughts.

Submitted: June 20, 2018

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Submitted: June 20, 2018



If you’ve ever been a child, which I suppose you have, you maybe know what it’s like to miss your parents. It sucks, right? I can’t even imagine how the kids at the United States’ south border feel like. Coming to a foreign country in hope of a better life and then being treated like a fucking stray dog. Kids don’t belong in cages. No human being should separate a child from their parents, especially when the family is already in a shitty situation.

I get that every country wants to protect its borders. It’s alright to think of the people in your country. It’s the government’s job to make sure the country is as safe as possible. It’s the right thing to do.

Some of you maybe remember what Donald Trump said a few months ago. “America first, but not alone. Every country should put themselves first.”

That’s maybe true on some level. Every country wants what’s best for them. Today I came to think of that and since it is currently refugee day, I realized that he couldn’t be more wrong. I remember the huge amount of refugees fleeing to Europe a few years ago. I remember the chaos it created in most Europe countries. Some people were afraid. Some blamed them all terrorists. Some helped the people who really needed help the most. Most probably stood by and kept to themselves, waiting for things to settle down. But back then, European countries didn’t all just look out for themselves. They tried to solve the problem together and most did their best to treat refugees as humanly as possible, just like they should be treated. When it comes to an international crisis, like the one in Africa, Middle East or Latin America, countries have to come together and think of the people, not the country’s best interests.

I know several refugees. They’re good people. The refugees I have met are most likely the kindest and inspiring people I have had the opportunity to share stories with. Their stories are sad and heartbreaking but at the same time they teach you what it means to have hope of a better future and how important it is to look out for the people next to you. That’s exactly what I think everyone in USA, Europe or wherever should remember: when you’re there for the people who need your help, they will be there for you when you need it.

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