World Refugee Day: June 20 Let's all work to bring a little more hope into the world.

BBC reports that the number of displaced people is at an all-time high. There are floods and earthquakes demolishing peoples' homes, but that's not the real problem, in spite of the deep suffering natural disasters cause. The real problems are human made. People are fleeing the persecution that follows the features of their face, as in the case of Hazara peoples in Afghanistan, or the beliefs they hold about the shape of a ... Read More

The Long Wait for Hope The life of a refugee in Jakarta, Indonesia: Part 2

The young woman looked at me, her brow furrowed, her head tilted. We continued walking around the back of the red brick building. “I don’t mean to be—well, maybe this is rude, but what do they do? How do they live?” she asked, clearly embarrassed by such an indiscreet question. The young woman in question was a visitor at the learning center, an expat considering volunteering to teach. I get this question all the time, both ... Read More

The Journey to Asylum The life of a refugee in Jakarta, Indonesia: Part 1

Note: This post is a two-part series to provide a better understanding of the lives and context of refugees here in Jakarta, Indonesia. It is based on real stories of friends and members of the Roshan Learning Center, but certainly each person's journey is unique.   Forced to leave It’s not an easy decision to flee one’s homeland, but every day thousands are fleeing due to political, religious, or ethnic ... Read More