Why do we put dignity first

13/11/21

“Refugees are mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, children, with the same hopes and ambitions as us – except that a twist of fate has bound their lives to a global refugee crisis on an unprecedented scale.” Khaled Hosseini

Every human being, regardless of nationality and citizenship, is born free and equal in dignity and in rights. So of course that includes people who are refugees.

We believe in a world where all refugees can lead a life with dignity.

At an abstract level that means respecting everyone’s intrinsic and equal value. When put into practice, it means a life lived under decent conditions where people are given options and their choices are respected.

Human dignity is violated through humiliation, objectification, degradation, or dehumanisation. We’ve seen refugees being subjected to all of these and it strips them of their dignity.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to supporting people seeking asylum. That is why we centre our services around human dignity and compassion. We call this approach Aid with Dignity and it is how we help refugees rebuild their lives

By supporting or volunteering in our organisation, you are helping by restoring one of the most basic rights a refugee deserves: human dignity.

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