Today’s Writing Prompt: Write About Refugees for World Refugee Day
This past Sunday was World Refugee Day, an international day designated by the United Nations to honor refugees around the globe.
Today, write about a group of present-day refugees and their plight. Or write about one refugee or a family of refugees with whom you are familiar and their stories.
Did you know that there are over 82.4 million forcibly displaced people worldwide, with nearly half of them being children, and of whom 26.4 million are refugees?
See more information and statistics via the UN Refugee Agency.
Inspiration For Today’s Writing Prompt
While working on this writing prompt, be sure to check out these reading lists:
- New York Public Library. 10 Books By or About Refugees and Immigrants
- Pan Macmillan. Stories of hell and hope: books that explore refugee crisis, migration and immigration
- Electric Literature. 10 Books About Refugees
- Goodreads. List of “Migration” Books
And consider the quotes below.
“To be called a refugee is the opposite of an insult; it is a badge of strength, courage, and victory.”Tennessee Office for Refugees
“No one puts their children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land.”Warsan Shire
“Refugees are not terrorists. They are often the first victims of terrorism.”António Manuel de Oliveira
“Refugees didn’t just escape a place. They had to escape a thousand memories until they’d put enough time and distance between them and their misery to wake to a better day.”Nadia Hashimi
“Refugees are mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, children, with the same hopes and ambitions as us—except that a twist of fate has bound their lives to a global refugee crisis on an unprecedented scale.”Khaled Hosseini
“One of the unsettling things about my journey, mentally, physically, and emotionally, was that I wasn’t sure when or where it was going to end.”Ishmael Beah
“Your enemy is not the refugee. Your enemy is the one who made him a refugee.”Tariq Ramadan
“It is the obligation of every person born in a safer room to open the door when someone in danger knocks.”Dina Nayeri
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