Do Refugees Need Fame?

I don’t think that refugees need fame in order to be recognized, but unfortunately that is the only way to get our society to listen and to accept this reality. We live in a culture today that would rather hear bad news about terrible people that good news about righteous individuals. The American Dream now seems to be one about obtaining fame and riches while acting completely ignorant and egocentric. Thats the only reason I can give for why the public and the media would care more about Justin Beiber and Miley Cyrus than someone busting their chops in Africa trying to make life better for refugees and genocide victims.

If you view it from a refugee’s perspective, its easy to see how they become villains and resort to violence. Most come from very poor areas with little food and shelter. These poor physical conditions can lead to an unstable psychological state. When theses urges and desires are excessive, common sense and compassion are pushed aside as survival of the fittest occurs. People become more likely to resort to crime and violence when social and economic conditions worsen in their country. This can explain why people abuse, harm, and steal from one another in order to move up in the social hierarchy.

One of the campaigns I really admire was Kony 2012. During the 2012 election, posters and flyers were spread across cities promoting Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Uganda. He has been indicted for war crimes and crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court for abducting children and forcing them to become sex slaves and child soldiers. The point of the campaign was to make Kony famous, to get people talking about him and to inform the public of his crimes. I think this method can be very effective if used in a similar way to highlight issues associated with genocide and refugees. If we make the violence, rape and sexual abuse in refugee camps and regions of genocide as famous as we make celebrities in the U.S., then we will have success informing and educating the public about these issues and compel them to act accordingly.



One thought on “Do Refugees Need Fame?

  1. I completely with your post, Ben! I feel that as Americans we don’t really understand the hardships that refugees go through as none of us have experienced what they have. They are trying to survive out their with limited resources with really nothing to lose as some have already lost everything they loved (family, friends, home, job, etc.). It is hard to comprehend their actions, but they need all the help that they can get!


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