Wednesday, September 02, 2015

The human obligation the haves owe the have nots...

My wife and I lived in Hong Kong in the late 1980s when thousands of refugees fleeing from horrors in Vietnam arrived in small boats in the Territory which was then still a British colony. My wife volunteered to work in the temporary camps in which they were housed. The refugees were treated with kindness and consideration - a duty that not only the HK Administration but also Margaret Thatcher's UK Government fulfilled. Over the years these refugees, both individuals and families, were successfully resettled. Mainly in the U.S., Canada and Australia. A few years later I met one or two of these resettled refugees and without exception they were successfully making their way in their new countries.

Hong Kong was rich and could afford to help. The volunteers gave willingly of their time. That was the human obligation which the haves, like us, owed to the have nots.


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