It is very easy to say no to refugees or immigrants needing a place to stay. We judge them by what they could do to us or to our country. Most of the time, we are worried about our government, society, and citizens of our communities. Why should countries or anyone accept refugees?


Iraqi_refugee_children,_Damascus,_SyriaYou Cannot See the Picture When You are in the Frame
Looking outside of the box, one cannot afford to feel sympathy for poor refugees and immigrants who are in need of peace and serenity. Humans, will we ever find tranquility in the world of mortality?

Somewhere safe to stay is the inner motivation in many wounded hearts. If we want to express our love to our beloved brothers and sisters, we must ask ourselves, what can we do to help and not worry about how, because the how will show itself.


Peace Is Not As Simple
Why can’t it be that anything worth having we work at momentarily? As humans, we worry so much about those who belong to us and that is great. But we fail to realize that those who do not belong to us, the outsiders, like refugees can indeed become our brothers and sisters as well.

In our lives we have been taught to protect our land, family, government, fellow citizens, and so forth. While such education is great for the mind, we are still in need of education for the heart.

We cannot afford to continue a legacy in which man curse, a life cycle woman succumb, a gift of life in which the young or the old regrets. Our past is not pretty, whether to the rich or the poor or the religious.


As Man Thinkenth in His Heart So is He
We do not need to study the history of the humans to realize the importance of the education of the heart. To educate one’s heart is to unlearn the patterns, the “mind virus” we have been adapting and to thinketh from the heart for we shall become.

What would happen if humans loved each other by heart? One would think we would love each other more, because the heart would continue to do what the heart does—have purity. We would have the right definition of self-love; a prerequisite to loving others as we love ourselves.

But we do not let our hearts take over the mind, we have it backwards! Humans are compassionate beings, and that comes from the heart. It is only when we are allowed to show our compassion then some of us become helpless.


Refugees Ambulate With Hunger, Thirst, and Immense Pain
Why can’t one welcome another person into his or her country, property or community? We want to help, but we are afraid of the people we are helping. We claim the country would run into scarcity, no commodities, lack of money, lack of jobs, and lack of everything we hold on to dearly.

We say these things while those in need of our help such as refugees ambulate with hunger, thirst, and immense of pain. Will you welcome a refugee family and let them share your bread at the family table?

It is interesting how it all comes down to not having the experience of being lowly, lonely and slowly being devoured by the depth of poverty. The understanding of such requires empathy.

As a refugee, my heart yearns for harmony, opportunity and unity. Refugees are coming from torn war countries and calamities with their hands in the air seeking someone to lift them up. Refugees cry for help, because most of them are innocent people who are tired of the vicious cycles.


One Wishes for A Remedy While Longing for Serenity
Today, I am able to help others because a country, a family, a person just like you extended his or her hand to my family when we needed it the most.

When my family was going through adversity, sleeping on the ground on a single sheet, sweating the whole night and thirsty, eating one meal a day after standing on a food line for hours, getting sick in an environment where there were no hospitals, one wished for remedy while longing for serenity.

I write this because I know this is the reality for some people in poverty, especially refugees and immigrants around the world. Some have it worse and the more I am exposed to such negativity of the world I cannot stop asking myself—when shall we overcome?

Born in the small African country, Burundi, Wilson Kubwayo is now an inspirational speaker and talks to diverse audiences about his theme, “Climbing the Walls of Greatness: How to live life to your fullest potential.”