When you read this I will be on my way to Amman, Jordan. I’m going with Patch Adams MD, and 20 other Gesundheit! clowns to visit Syrian refugee camps.
The Syrian conflict has been going on for 2 1/2 years; over 100,000 have died (mostly civilians). The atrocities of this civil war have forced the evacuation of over a million refugees, most living in camps just over the border in Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon. Nobody knows when or if the refugees will leave, and in the meantime their presence is destabilizing the region. Indiscriminate killings rage on, and it’s restricting the work of U.N. chemical weapons inspectors. It’s clear that the longer this lasts the harder it will be to heal.
What difference can 20 clowns make? I don’t know, but I’m going because I believe the only antidote to acts of inhumanity is to participate in acts of humanity. My humanity is inspired when I clown; I wear my Flamingo ballerina costume and immediately get out of my head and into a place where I can connect with another human being from my most openhearted, loving place.
A smile, a touch, painting a moustache on a child, dancing on a whoopee cushion, pirouetting in a tutu, experiencing a loving connection reminds me that we have not surrendered our aliveness, and that there is hope for a tomorrow.
I don’t know what 20 clowns will do in a refugee camp of millions who have been exposed to horrific criminal acts, but for this clown it inspires the belief that acts of humanity can overthrow the forces that erode our dignity and steal our spirit.
I’ll keep you posted and your love and support with me.