Humans of New York made the refugee crisis REAL to me.
Maybe you already follow Humans of New York on Facebook, if you don’t already – you definitely should. I heard about it one day from a friend of a friend, and have been hooked ever since. The premise is simple really – sharing the truths of others one story / post at a time. Not celebrities, not politicians, but people you walk by on the street every day. Somehow through these truths, these 1 post stories, we find ourselves face to face with humanity in all its glory. The good, the sad, the happy, it is as real as it gets. But this week it is doing something MORE for me. Something I think is so important and amazing. Something that I think you should know about it too.
It is focusing on the refugee crisis, and highlighting real people and their stories.
NOW HEAR ME OUT.
Please, do not glaze over and immediately click away from this post based on that last sentence alone. At least that is what I would have done…before.
You see, Humans of New York got me to CARE.
Not following any of the basic Social Media rules, Humans of New York beats its own drum with a following of 15 million going strong. People are tired of the glitz and glamour of social media, and somehow Humans of New York manages to strike a chord in all of us. We may know a little bit about the refugee crisis and Syrian civil war, and we hurt from afar for what is happening to these people. But it ends there, because there is no face to the name – no true relation to the problem. It just seems so far away, and doesn’t quite affect us.
So we listen and nod, then glaze over and move onto a topic we can understand a bit more. One that we can relate to. And these are the exact walls Humans of New York are managing to break down. By showcasing people, and hearing their testimonies, they are putting a face to the refugee crisis.
You read the stories from these survivors, and just weep. And before you know it, you care. Why? Because there is now a person behind the story. It is not some faceless problem half a world away, but a real problem happening to fellow HUMAN BEINGS. Human beings like you.
So I would like to give a standing ovation to Humans of New York for doing what no other news agency has managed to do. They are not sensationalizing, not using scare tactics, and not glazing over…they are reaching through to the heart of the issue. They reached through the Social Media mindless scroll and got me to stop, pay attention, and care.
As for what we can do about it? That I don’t know.
But the first part is caring.