REFLECTION: Millions of refugees with no place to call home

REFLECTION: Millions of refugees with no place to call home

PAX CHRISTI USA

Tony Maglianoby Tony Magliano

Emergency: Syria! Emergency: South Sudan! Emergency: Democratic Republic of the Congo!  These are the alarming messages being displayed on the homepage of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (www.unhcr.org).

According to the UNHCR, Syria has more people forcibly displaced than any country on earth. Over 9 million Syrians have been uprooted from their homes due to civil war – over 2.5 million of them have fled to neighboring countries as refugees. And most distressing, more than half of the displaced are children.

Syrian refugees protest against President Bashar al-Assad. Syrian refugees protest against President Bashar al-Assad.

In South Sudan, UNHCR reports the civil war and growing food shortages there has led to approximately 2,000 people crossing into nearby countries per day. Many of these refugees have been arriving exhausted, nutritionally weak and in poor health.

According to UNHCR, armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has caused about 450,000 people…

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