By: James Porter
“1 refugee without hope is too many” – The theme of this year’s World Refugee Day as established by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reflects some of the realities of the current refugee population in the world. The number of people forcibly displaced has reached a 15-year high with more than half being children. Almost 44 million people (15.4 million refugees, 27.5 million internally displaced people, and 850,000 people seeking refugee status), were forcibly displaced in 2010. Additionally, 4/5 of the world’s refugees are hosted in developing countries, where many stay for years with little hope. (Read more in UNHCR’s report: Global Trends 2010)
By: Crista Cornavaca and James Porter
By: Jennie Guilfoyle
January 17, 2010 marks the 96th World Day of Migrants and Refugees. In a statement prepared for the day, Pope Benedict XVI said:
Refugees in America: A Thanksgiving Reflection
On June 20, we celebrate World Refugee Day. It's a little known acknowledgment to individuals who display bravery and courage in the face of difficult circumstances. Talk to any individual that has had to flee their home and their story will offer a tiny glimpse into the strength that it must take to leave all that is familiar (even in the face of persecution) with no idea of your future. Yet, every year thousands do. The U.S.