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Refugees Show Simple Acts of Kindness Despite Trauma, Loss

“They Whipped Us,” One Young Refugee Said. Then He Showed Me His Own Generosity.

Small acts of kindness in the overwhelming face of uncontrolled violence and disaster are an essential reaffirmation of humanity when it feels most eclipsed by cruelty and hatred.

Those of us who have worked, served or lived amid or close to war and persecution often find remarkable and unexpected expressions of kindness, beauty amid ugliness and glimmers of hope in situations of despair.

When I visit with refugees, often still traumatized by recent losses and…

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