I was walking through Dzaleka refugee camp (Malawi) with IAFR COO, Tim Barnes.It was hot and the wind was whipping sand and dirt into our eyes. I heard a small voice clear her throat behind us. For some unknown reason, I hit the record button on my camera as I turned around to see who was there. This is what we saw.
That little refugee girl made my day. She whole heartedly welcomed us into her space. Such a welcome is remarkably life giving.
I couldn't help but think that while she joyfully welcomed us into her space, the world outside of the refugee camp refuses to welcome her and offer her a place in which she can recover from forced displacement and rebuild her life. The average duration of forced displacement is over 17 years.
I pray for the day that the world in which I live will one day sing her song to her.
Welcome! Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!
I love you!