Deborah Mebude’s interest in refugee rights was first ignited when she volunteered at a Burundian refugee camp in Gashora, Rwanda in May 2015. Her face-to-face encounter with displaced, marginalized people, the majority of whom were children, stirred within her a strong desire to see justice done. When continued tension began to drive an escalating number of Syrian refugees from their homes that same year, she knew that more needed to be done, particularly in Canada, to ensure that all displaced people could find safety in a timely and efficient manner.
As a recent communications and journalism graduate, Deb combines her passions for thorough research and engaging dialogue with a vision of gospel-centred advocacy and compassion. Inspired by the words of Dr. Cornel West, she truly believes that “justice is what love looks like in public”; Deb couldn’t imagine spending her life doing anything else, and is humbled by the opportunity to learn to walk this out more and more alongside the experienced Citizens for Public Justice team.
When she isn’t working, Deb enjoys reading all things C.S. Lewis, listening to various podcasts, cruising around the city on her bike, and listening to the classic R&B stylings of Otis Redding and Sam Cooke.
Some Christians are in a state of denial, but the fact is, Jesus (pbuh)* was a refugee. He also wasn’t blonde and blue eyed, but that’s a battle for another time.
According to the Biblical account, shortly after his birth, Mary and Joseph sought safety in Egypt. They’d been targeted by the insecure King Herod who had it out to kill anyone who could potentially thwart his power. They needed sanctuary. They were fleeing persecution.
The Christian faith revolves around a young, Middle Eastern asylum-seeker who faced rejection and displacement from His earliest days. The face of Christianity’s central figure looks not unlike those that some in the faith would close their doors to today.