Scouts are standing together #WithRefugees!
On World Refugee Day, we reflect on the story of Omar and Saad, #Scouts who were serving the refugees when the Syrian civil war broke out, before they themselves became refugees. In 2014, they were forced to flee Syria with their family for fear of their safety, in search of a new home.
Two years later, the brothers are adapting well to life in Melbourne, thanks to the members of Scouts Australia. Reconnecting with the local Scouting community have helped them to make new friends, understand local culture and begin a new chapter of their life.
There are currently 22.5 million refugees worldwide, with half of that figure made up of young people. Stories such as Omar and Saad’s continue to be replayed in different countries and regions where Scouts are standing #WithRefugees, some of whom are young people who have had to leave their countries without their parents.
Scouts are often among the very first to respond and they never leave. Apart from providing the displaced with necessities, they have opened Scout groups, trained new leaders, encouraged young people to join Scouting activities and programmes. The camps, skill development workshops and games, have proved to be a welcome respite for young refugees, giving them hope for the future.
Today, we not only reflect on the resilience and courage of refugees, but also recognise the efforts of #Scouts who are standing #WithRefugees. Thank you for contributing to our mission of creating a better world!
Read more about Scout refugee support efforts here: