This is a follow-up to the sermon manuscript I posted tonight, “Journey into Exile.”

This video does a pretty good job of explaining the causes (at least some of them) of the Syrian refugee crisis — in a little over six minutes.

One of the things I failed to do in my sermon was include the voice of any of the people who are refugees from Syria (or anywhere else). You can read the story of one refugee here.

An issue I didn’t even bring up is the issue of statelessness.  Because each country sets its own rules about what it takes to be a citizen, some children born to refugees aren’t granted citizenship anywhere.  They grow up stateless.  You can read more about why this happens and why it matters here.

Finally, Melissa Fleming, the head of communications and the public information service at UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency) offers 8 practical ways to help refugees here.