I was about to write, “It seems so long ago that I was planning for the first i-ACT Expedition,” but, it WAS so long ago! It was 2005! Out here, UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency) and NGOs call our trips, “missions.” It sounds romantic and dangerous. Looking back through our nine missions, there have been […]
Category: Day 5: December 13
Reason #29 Laughing
Bashir and Bashar, twins, trade Gabriel their handmade soccer ball for a dinosaur, cheetah, and red fire engine, all gifts from Gabriel’s son, Gabo. The part I enjoy most is hearing their deep and contagious giggle.
Just as Achta’s are still painful and terribly scarred, today we met another man whose scars from five gun shot wounds cover his arm and leg (Reason #31). He can’t hear well out of his right ear because he was beaten after being shot. He tells us his story of many attempts to escape from […]
Innocence (Reason #35)
I don’t think words can explain how fun it was to see Bashir and Bashar, already two of my most favorite people in this entire camp, laugh and play with such joy and freedom. They would not stop laughing as they battled with James, cheetah vs dinosaur vs. fire truck! This giggle was the first […]
December 14, 2010 is the 60th anniversary of the creation of the United Nations Refugee Agency. In support of their work to protect refugees worldwide displaced by war, violence, or persecution, join The Blue Key Campaign. Today there are nearly 43 million, nearly the combined populations of New York and Texas, who were forced from […]