CARE Marks World Refugee Day: We’re really not that different

Imagine being woken up in the middle of the night, being told to pack a small bag with only essential items, and leaving the home you’ve always known, the job you’ve gone to every day. How would you feel? Scared? Uncertain? Vulnerable? Chances are you’d be feeling these and many more emotions.

The over 3.9 million refugees that have fled the violence in Syria over the past five years know these feelings all too well. The truth is that they really aren’t that different from those of you who grew up here in Canada. They are lawyers, doctors, entrepreneurs, teacher and university students. The only difference is that violence has forced them from their homes. Their life used to be your life.

June 20th is World Refugee Day and to mark this day, CARE Canada has launched a social media campaign to provide a fresh look at the way Canadians see Syria’s refugees, called #NotThatDifferent.

The #NotThatDifferent campaign aims to raise Canadians’ awareness and empathy by rallying together in support of Syrian refugees.

The centrepiece of the campaign is a short video that features Canadians and Syrians to show the similarities between the two and that what makes us truly different is circumstance.

Over the course of the next few weeks, CARE Canada will also share the stories of refugees through a series of blog posts and images.

Show your solidarity with refugees by taking a selfie and holding up a#NotThatDifferent sign then sharing it via social media. Tag @carecanada, use the hashtag, and encourage your friends, family and co-workers to do the same!

In response to the conflict in Syria, CARE is providing life-saving assistance to refugees and host communities in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt and to people affected by the crisis in Syria. To date, CARE has reached more than 850,000 people with emergency support such as cash assistance to pay for rent, food or medications; water and hygiene assistance; psychosocial support; shelter; and relief items such blankets, heaters and clothing. For more information on CARE Canada’s work with refugees from Syria and around the world, visit