On Sunday, 25 April, a statue will be unveiled in our church garden to commemorate all the unknown refugees who died during their flight at sea or in the desert. The Dutch international development organization, CORDAID, financed this project.
We see the forgotten victims on the news, but for many, a dead refugee means one less burden and lower costs, so it becomes difficult for governments to act upon what they see. The statue, sculpted by artist Linette Dijk, will be called “Hollow Man” because we see right through him as if he or she does not exist.
Our church garden is situated exactly mid-way between the new location of the Dutch Parliament and the Royal Palace. The “Hollow Man” will remind all the people who travel along that road that we should never walk alone- unseen, ignored and unblessed. Hopefully, in a few years from now, the “Hollow Man” will have touched so many travelers on the road that a national monument for refugees, like the one Pope Francis placed on Saint Peter’s Square, will be built to raise awareness and organize change.