Medellín is a poetry campaign for the benefit of refugees displaced by armed conflict and human rights violations.
Inspired by Medellín, Colombia, this collection of poems, photographs and short stories is about hope, love, and transformation. Once notorious for its violent drug cartel and bloodshed, modern-day Medellín is a place transformed, nicknamed “city of eternal spring” for its micro-climate in the Aburrá Valley.
Proceeds collected online will benefit refugees through UNHCR.
Proceeds collected at local events will benefit refugees through local charities or sponsorship groups.
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The refugee crisis at a glance
The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil,
but by those who watch and do nothing.
Einstein was a refugee—along with Victor Hugo, Anne Frank, Max Born, Bob Marley, Sigmund and Lucian Freud, M.I.A., Gloria Estefan, Anish Kapoor, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and two of Canada's Governor Generals, Michaëlle Jean and Adrienne Clarkson. Jesus was also a refugee, so were the prophets Moses and Muhammad.
The world is witnessing the highest levels of forced displacement on record, with millions fleeing armed conflict and human rights violations in countries like Somalia, Afghanistan, Syria, South Sudan, Yemen, Myanmar, Burundi and the Central African Republic, to name a few. According to UNHCR, 65.6 million people were forced to flee their homes in 2016 (the third consecutive record-breaking year). Among them were nearly 22.5 million refugees, over half of whom were under the age of 18, and 10 million stateless people who have been denied a nationality and access to basic rights such as education, healthcare, employment and freedom of movement.
(For perspective, 65.6 million is more than the population of France, the second most populous country in Europe; 22.5 million is just under the population of Australia.)
The vast majority (99%) of refugees don't return to their home, with many spending years, decades, if not lifetimes in exile. Meanwhile, many of the top hosting countries—including Turkey, Pakistan, Lebanon, Iran, Ethiopia, Jordan and Kenya—lack the resources and capacity to accommodate the massive influx of newcomers in their societies.
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You can also make a direct donation to an organization or charity for the benefit of refugees.
If you're in Ottawa, please check out local organizations through Refugee 613.
Figures at a Glance (UNHCR, Statistical Yearbook, 2016)
ProjectBe's online library (a Canadian initiative by youth members of the Government of Canada's Workplace Charitable Campaign)
What does it mean to be a refugee? (Video by TED.com)