Simple Visit Leads to Inspiration
In this age where media has provoked and continues to advocate for the human response to war and repression by the masses as fear rather than instilling action to change, Bring Hope Humanitarian Foundation (BHHF) has been so fortunate to change minds and create hope. Visiting from Manchester, UK, Mr. Thomas Campbell visited four Iraqi Kurdistan refugee camps. These camps in Ankawa, Harsham, Kawrgosk and Debaga in the province of Erbil demonstrated the plight of refugee children and the lack of meaningful relational thinking about future life for these young people.
Thomas’ stay in Kurdistan instilled this key thought; providing a platform where children develop a sense of “being” and hope for change is imperative to their future success in life. Thomas was rightly surprised when he did not see “gunmen on the corner of every street” after being sensitized through western media reports about how the entire region of Iraq is at war. He chimed, “Where are the armed security guys?” Unfortunately, people in the West have an incorrect and scary view of this region where 2 million refugees have been accepted and currently live. Because of this unfortunate view, help on the ground in this fragile area where children and adults alike are in their most vulnerable stage of life as we know it, having escaped the ravages of war, is few and far between.
BHHF working hard and actively participating on the ground is pleased to take the lead in changing minds and providing help and hope on the ground, at the very point of need and Thomas as the goodwill ambassador for BHHF Football Initiative is actively participating in inspiring these young people. Thomas was so moved by the harsh reality of life for young adults in these refugee camps he promised to recruit other individuals who can serve as living inspiration in creating dreams, those well-known celebrities and high profile footballers to become engaged in the efforts to build a successful and continuous Football endeavor for these young adults.
BHHF believes building a dream, is building hope and when people have hope, life just gets better. Thomas stated, “It is our task to inform the UK people that Iraqi Kurdistan is safe, and teach them about the generosity of Kurdish people with its five million population and their willingness to have received approximately two million refugees”. “This is a nation that deserves respect,”Thomas concluded and we must develop healthy young adults through ourefforts.