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World Refugee Day

June 20, 2016

 

You have heard over the last few years that there is a global migration crisis. Right now the number of people displaced in the world is about the same as the population of France

 

Why do refugees have to flee their homes? Most refugees don't want to leave their homes. Most want to stay where they are, with their families, friends and jobs, but when life becomes too dangerous to stay many need to find protection elsewhere. 

 

Refugees leave their own countries because they fear persecution due to their race, religion, ethnicity, nationality, or because of the social or political groups they belong to. 

 

Over half of those displaced are under 18 years of age. These children and young people have to leave school, their friends and every part of their everyday lives to find somewhere safe to live. 

 

With every minute that passes, twenty-four people in the world become displaced. That's about the size of your class in school. Every school class has different individuals: there might be a girl who is brilliant at science, a guy who is great at art, someone who can pick up languages really easily, someone who can make everyone laugh without even trying.

 

Today, on World Refugee Day, take one minute and think about those 24 people who are fleeing their homes. Consider their personalities, and their potential. For one minute put yourself in their shoes.

 

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