There is a lot of talk of refugees lately, particularly which countries are doing what with them. I rarely see them spoken of as people in need of asylum or people who are not safe in their own hometowns. It seems sometimes that they are simply faceless masses of people for politicians to argue over and accuse of wrongdoing.
World Refugee Day was established by the UN sixteen years ago. The history of the day can be found here, on the UN’s page for this event. The UN Refugee Agency plans to submit a petition to the UN High Level Meeting on Refugees and Migrants, asking governments to do the following:
- Ensure every refugee child gets an education.
- Ensure every refugee family has somewhere safe to live.
- Ensure every refugee can work or learn new skills to make a positive contribution
to their community.
The UN Refugee Agency is certainly not the only group concerned about this, as there are many groups in refugee camps working to ensure these things. Without the governmental help, it will be harder, and only some will get some of what they need.
In honor of the event, I’d like to share some books to remind us that refugees are people and that we should hear their stories. I’d like to share the Goodreads list: Refugee/Immigrant/Asylee Non Fiction. There are some interesting books on the list, I hope you pick one up.