I have set out to tell the story of my childhood in captivity because I believe it is as relevant today as it was forty-nine years ago. The world still struggles with the refugee crisis and faces similar humanitarian disasters from mass migration, displacement, and forced relocation. There is an urgent need to highlight the plight of those forced to leave their homes, under threat of persecution.
Hundreds of thousands of refugees have entered Europe from war-torn Syria, Sudan, Burma, Somalia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. European countries do not have the resources to accommodate such a large number of migrants and refugees trapped in camps in Europe have no clear way out. Thousands of Central Americans have left their homes to join the refugee caravans and tens of thousands of Rohingya people have become stateless. Recently the United States has implemented stricter immigration regulations and banned the entry of refugees. These stranded refugees have nowhere to go and no hope. Through no fault of their own, they have become unwanted in their own homelands and have lost everything they had.
We, the civilized nations, have a moral obligation to help these refugees who are trapped in desperate situations. I hope my book will bring more awareness to the refugee crisis and show the human element in the refugee story.
With over 70 million refugees, the world is facing a moral crisis. These displaced people have nowhere to go and are often shunned by nations. The book shows that given the right circumstances these refugees can be productive part of the society as in the case of the writer who is a practicing surgeon in America. I believe the world needs to empathize with the plight of those who have been forced out of their homes just because of their ethnicity, race or religion. We need to support them and nurture them and they will become an asset for the society.
Father’s Day Post, June 20th 2021
It is befitting that this year Father’s Day and the World Refugee Day both fall on the same day. My father’s story is that of