Refugees

1)Definition

A refugee is a person who has been forced to leave his or her home and seek refuge elsewhere. Under the United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees of 1951, a refugee is more narrowly defined (in Article 1A) as a person who “owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country”. The concept of a refugee was expanded by the Convention’s 1967 Protocol and by regional conventions in Africa and Latin America to include persons who had fled war or other violence in their home country. Refugee women and children represent an additional subsection of refugees that need special attention.

(http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:OMr-He2espMJ:en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Refugee+definitio+refugee&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&source=www.google.com)

Many places in our world are filled with injustice, hatred, violence, and suffering.  Wherever these things abound, you will find refugees.  Currently, the UNHCR estimates there to be somewhere between 11 and 15 million refugees worldwide.  This is astonishing number continues to rise as conflicts in Sudan, Iraq, Afghanistan, and other places force millions of people from their homes.  These refugees are currently being hosted inside relatively stable border countries, such as Chad, Jordan, and Pakistan; they are also resettled in more developed countries like the United States.

(http://www.global-neighborhood.org/about-refugees/where-do-refugees-come-from)

3)Charts and diagrams with stats.

Countries with the most Refugees!!

(http://filipspagnoli.wordpress.com/2009/07/12/human-rights-facts-135-number-of-refugees-end-of-2008/)

(http://www.global-neighborhood.org/about-refugees/where-do-refugees-come-from)

(http://www.global-neighborhood.org/about-refugees/where-do-refugees-come-from)

4)Current News Articles

Nursery school in disaster area reopens its doors to refugee children:

http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20110317p2a00m0na015000c.html

THE CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES COLLECTION HELPS “JESUS IN DISGUISE”:

http://www.dfwcatholic.org/the-catholic-relief-services-collection-helps-“jesus-in-disguise”12649/.html

6)Advocacy Programs

Refugees United helps to empower refugees, using their internet search tool, people can themselves directly reconnect with missing loved ones. They are a fully independent, non-political, non-religious NGO.

http://www.refunite.org/?gclid=COLqqsij5qcCFQRMgwodABTCZw

The Global Neighborhood works to help refugees in Spokane, as they transition into this their life there.  This includes building friendships, seeking employment and job training opportunities, partnering with individuals, churches, and businesses to give support, providing access to low-cost clothing and goods, and much more!  “Global Neighborhood seeks to foster a thriving refugee community by providing long-term friendship and support to refugees in the name of Jesus.”

http://www.global-neighborhood.org/

9)Role and Authority of the church, government, family, media, education, and business…

The role of the Government should be to help these people with the logistics for becoming a normal part of society. The educational system should also allow these people to go to schools just as a non-refugee. Media should be promoting help programs that the community should provide. The government and the community should help them acquire the necessary documents and papers to get a job. Business should be open to hiring refugees just as any other person. The church should help speak up for the refugees in there community and even make some impacts in other countries in ways they can help there. The church should also help children refugees find families within the church family. The church family should help families settle into the community helping them adjust to a new environment. If there are any family of the the refugee themselves they should be the first to help them.

10)Books and videos that apply to the risk.

Books:

The State of the World’s Refugees: Human Displacement in the New Millennium

http://www.amazon.com/State-Worlds-Refugees-Displacement-Millennium/dp/0199290954/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1301023650&sr=1-1

Children of War: Voices of Iraqi Refugees

http://www.amazon.com/Children-War-Voices-Iraqi-Refugees/dp/0888999089/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1301023874&sr=1-5

Born a Refugee: A Novel of One Palestinian Family

http://www.amazon.com/Born-Refugee-Novel-Palestinian-Family/dp/1450513948/ref=sr_1_9?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1301024014&sr=1-9

Refugee Rights: Ethics, Advocacy, and Africa

http://www.amazon.com/Refugee-Rights-Ethics-Advocacy-Africa/dp/158901202X/ref=sr_1_10?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1301024381&sr=1-10

Videos:

Hopes and Struggles of Mozambican Refugees

http://www.amazon.com/Hopes-Struggles-Mozambican-Refugees-Wilson/dp/B000Y1YWJ0/ref=sr_1_12?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1301025424&sr=1-12

Between Two Fires: Torture and Displacement in Northern Uganda

http://www.amazon.com/Between-Two-Fires-Displacement-Northern/dp/B004EBT83G/ref=sr_1_1?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1301025659&sr=1-1

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