humanity was the only passport,
the only prerequisite to having:
everything that allows
a life to be lived decently,
fully, with dignity.
Imagine a world…
that deals in kindness, in acceptance.
A world where everyone can live
free from fear or persecution.
A world where everyone can thrive,
make a difference,
feel that they belong.
Imagine there was no ‘us’ and ‘them’
Imagine we were all connected,
truly, and acted like it.
Imagine that was you –
your family –
your home that was not
Sometimes it feels like so many
leaders, decision makers
suffer from a lack of
Imagination, of Empathy.
I am not sure I have an answer.
Perhaps it is to keep at it,
not give in,
not give up on change.
Cristina is Destitution Services Manager at the Jesuit Refugee Service UK, in East London.
This written piece is part of the ‘JRS Imagines’ anthology, for Refugee Week. You can read more from the collection here.
Find out more about what’s happening at JRS UK during Refugee Week