'Refugees are defined as persons who are outside their country and cannot return owing to a well-founded fear of persecution because of their race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership of a particular social group.'
United Nations, 1951
'On only one occasion does the Hebrew Bible command us to love our neighbour, but in 37 places it commands us to love the stranger. Our neighbour is one we love because he is like ourselves. The stranger is one we are taught to love precisely because he is not like ourselves.'
In countries where people have to flee their homes because of persecution and violence, political solutions must be found, peace and tolerance restored, so that refugees can return home. In my experience, going home is the deepest wish of most refugees.
The sad truth is that most evil is done by people
who never make up their minds to be either good or evil.
Hannah Arendt (refugee)
Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.
Albert Einstein (refugee)
We are not myths of the past, ruins in the jungle, or zoos. We are people and we want to be respected, not to be victims of intolerance and racism.
Rigoberta Menchù Tum (refugee)
* note. The Lamppost Movement Manifesto is still being drafted. I apologise for the delay.