Saturday, March 27, 2010

World Refugees 101 - What You Need to Know About The World's Refugees


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Welcome to "World Refugees 101"

There are over 42 million refugees in the world as a result of wars, genocides, ethnic cleansing, religious persecution, climate change, and natural disasters.



What you will learn here may change your life forever, and not for the better - unless it stirs you with compassion and inspires you to help the masses of world refugees in whatever way you possibly can.

If we do not help, then who will?

Learning all of what I am going to share with you, has made me realize how fortunate most of us really are. I appreciate each and every little thing I am lucky enough to have, including such small things as soap, water, and food. These things are out of reach for about 80 million refugee people in the world, who, through no fault of their own, find these things completely unattainable.

I have been having a difficult time putting the faces of these poor people out of my thoughts, and having trouble sleeping at night, for thinking about them and the horror that is their lives. Auschwitz was nothing, compared to what is going on in the world today, in our own times.

Recently, I became curious about the Iraqi and Afghanistani refugees of war, and wanted to know how many of them there were, and where they were. As I conducted this study, I discovered that there are many, many more refugees than I thought there were.

This article represents a small overview of the results of the research I have been doing on the world's refugees - who they are, where they are from, how many there are, where they are living, why they have been forced into their refugee status, who is helping them, what conditions they are living in, and what their prospects are.

The following is only the tip of an enormous iceberg.

What I have found is alarming - no, shocking and frightening! Why is the media not talking about this? We are not hearing the truth about this. We only hear bits and pieces. No one is putting the stories all together in one place so we can see the reality of how many refugees there are, and how many different wars and civil wars there are.

It's as if we are just supposed to go on as if it were not really happening, or as if it were "normal".

But, this is most definitely NOT normal!

Once you put all the facts and statistics together, it becomes very obvious that all these wars are deliberate, and not coincidental, and that the outcomes have been planned, and even prepared for in advance. It would appear that the fomenting of all these civil wars, genocides, and ethnic cleansings, is a vast, intentional means of subduing these developing countries in order to render their populations helpless, for the purpose of facilitating the imposition of global government.

The "great powers of the world" seem to be doing the very bare minimum to help these people, and seem to want things just "kept quiet". The full reality of what is going on in the world, and the situation that so many millions are in, is certainly not being revealed by mainstream media.

Why are the governments of richer, larger countries not raising their voices in an outcry against all the abuses, genocides, and humanitarian crises occurring? Why will they not help these people?

I contend that it is because they don't care, and because they are complicit and in agreement with it.

As in all cases, much can be learned by "following the money".  Don't forget there are NATO peacekeeping troops in many of these countries, and so they are thus necessarily involved in the military conflicts occurring in these places. There have even been stories accusing UN-affiliated officials of either backing or financing various military factions involved in civil wars, or of making lucrative deals with sub-contractors and enriching themselves off the misery of the refugees forced into the refugee camps.

Also to be taken into serious account, is that various rebel armies receive substantial financial backing from other governments, or from large corporate interests. This is especially true in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where rebel Generals dress and surround themselves in fantastic finery purchased with stolen and donated money, and grandstand outrageously with international peace mediators.

In 2006, the UN gave an estimate of 12 million refugees in the world. Things have become much, much more desperate since then, and are worsening daily.

On June 20, 2009, World Refugee Day, that figure became 42 million. This statistic is misleading, however, as the 42 million cited, are only the refugees that the UN knows about, that are in UN Refugee Camps, and who have registered with the UN and received UN Refugee Cards. The actual number of refugees is probably twice as high. There are many, many millions more refugees who are not interred in the UN camps, and who have not been counted into the UN official refugee figures.

These refugees are all people who have been forced to flee from their homes because of the violence of wars - either invading armies from other countries, or civil wars in their own countries - or they have escaped from genocide, ethnic cleansings, religious persecution, climate change, or natural disasters. They are either "internally displaced" ("IDP", having fled their homes and living as refugees in their own countries) or "externally displaced" (having had to flee to other countries).

They are sleeping in the sand or dirt, on beaches, in makeshift tents, abandoned buildings, in refugee camps, or in jails or prisons. Wherever they are, their living conditions are appallingly unsafe and unsanitary. For the most part, they have no running water to bathe or clean with. They is little or no medical care, and there is no way for their children to go to school.

The only food they receive is what they are given by relief workers in the camps where they are, which is usually only barely enough to keep them alive - often they only receive a couple of cups of grain and a little oil per day.

Most generally, they are treated as prisoners, and are not allowed to leave the camps and move around. They are not permitted to contact family or friends, nor to use any forms of communication like internet, phones, mails, etc. Sometimes this is because it is unsafe to leave the camps, and sometimes it is because the government of the hosting country does not permit them to leave the camps. They are usually not allowed to work to try to earn money to help themselves.

For the most part, they are not allowed to have lawyers, nor to avail themselves of the court systems to petition the governments of the countries where they are for asylum.

Children are separated from parents, husbands separated from wives, and friends and families separated. Often family members are located in separate camps a great distance away from each other. That's if they are lucky enough to get into a refugee camp.

More often than not, after arrival in a country where they seek sanctuary, they are arrested and deported back to where they came from against their will, regardless of whether they are in danger of being killed upon re-entering the country they fled from or not. Family members are separated after being arrested, and are deported separately from each other.

In some countries, the refugee camps are either attacked by terrorist armies who kill all the refugees within, refugee camps are bombed as in Gaza, or the camps are invaded by soldiers who beat, rape, murder, or kidnap the refugees. In many cases, the refugee camps themselves are infiltrated by representatives of rebel factions who coerce the refugees into leaving the camps to fight with them, or even kidnap refugees from the camps to force them into fighting or to enslave them.

In the case of refugees in the Serbian conflicts, hundreds of thousands of women refugees were "punished" for their ethnic group by being raped by the soldiers. There are many thousands of unwanted orphans there now, products of these rapes. Refugee women of Somalia, Darfur, Congo, and other African countries are also being subjected to this terror. In the Congo, young boys are kidnapped and forced to serve as soldiers, or to work as slaves in coal mines or at other hard labor, by the rebel soldiers.

The refugees are charged abusively exorbitant fees for any legal help or permits by the governments of some countries, and for any extra privileges or favors. In a few countries, refugees are used by the governments as slave labor and are not paid for their work. In Malaysia, refugees are even sold on the slave markets - or in the case of the Falun Gong in China, they are used as involuntary organ donors.

Many refugees have been living in displacement camps for many years - some as many as 10-20 years or more, and their situations are beyond hopeless. Often, they have been forced to go from country to country, or have been moved from one camp to another and another, depending on safety issues at the camp locations due to armed conflicts breaking out, if there is not enough water, or when the housing facilities have outlived their limit for usefulness. (Most refugee tent housing has a life span of only about 10 years.)

Hundreds of thousands have lived much of their lives in the camps and have necessarily become resigned to their sub-standard existences and "statelessness". A great many who live in the refugee camps were born in the camps, and have never known anything else. Once they are in the camps, it is sometimes extremely hard to get out of them and get repatriated and resettled elsewhere.

There are few countries that will accept asylum-seekers, and if they do, they accept only a very few, compared with the millions who are so desperate to become citizens with rights, and not "stateless". Their fates are completely dependent on politics, treaty results, and international asylum agreements. They are also at the mercy of the hosting country as to whether or not they are permitted to approach the courts for asylum petitions. Also, they may have to remain in the camps for many years while they are waiting for their own countries to decide whether to permit their re-entrance into their homelands.

Life within the refugee camps is very dangerous and uncomfortable, to say the least. Not only are the refugees in danger of being attacked and murdered by armies, raped or beaten, but there is much crime and violence within the camps themselves. Some camps have tens of thousands of people living in them, and bitter rivalries break out between camp internees, or the stress and hardship of living in the camps occasions internal violence and crimes such as robberies, assaults, and rapes.

Living conditions in refugee camps are appalling - there is usually either no water, not enough water, or the water is contaminated. The camps mostly lack facilities for the proper disposal of waste and sewer. Many refugee camps lack electricity and proper cooking facilities, and internees are forced to cook and heat their tents with coal provided by relief agencies, or even with animal manure procured on their own from goats or sheep, which contributes to the general unsanitary conditions of the camps.

All of this, along with the crowded conditions, the malnourished state of the refugees, and the lack of proper medical care and medicines, often results in outbreaks of disease such as cholera and other life-threatening infectious diseases. The chronically ill and disabled find it especially difficult to live in the camps.

The world's refugee situation does not appear to have any chance of improving in the near future. Fresh outbreaks of violence seem to spring up daily. Recent earthquake disasters (HAARP?) in Sumatra, American Samoa, Haiti, and Chile, and the alarming new and devastating violence in the civil war in Pakistan, in which many hundreds of thousands more Pakistanis have been displaced, as well as new violence in Somalia and Yemen, does not bode well for the future of the world's most vulnerable.

My heart bleeds for these people. I don't care what mainstream media says or doesn't say. I don't care what the government says. I don't care if everyone around me pretends they don't notice what is happening. I know what I myself feel when I read the stories of the refugees, and when I see the misery in their faces.

I feel a terrible despair and the most all-encompassing compassion for their plights, and a deep grieving inside, for all of humanity.

These are human beings. They deserve all the same basic rights that any human being deserves anywhere. They deserve those rights regardless of race, national origin, religion, or political affiliation. They deserve to have food, water, hygiene, homes, electricity, heat, freedom from abuse, education, and the opportunity to earn a living. Most of all they deserve to be safe and live with dignity.

I don't know what can be done to help all these people. I don't know how we can stop the raging, Satanic, murdering machine of the NWO, global government, and marauding military madmen. I do know that wherever, and whoever these people are, they certainly deserve our thoughts, our help, and our compassion, as fellow human beings.

There, but for the Grace of God, go we ourselves. Who is to say that it won't happen here in the United States before it's all done and over with?

I am sending thoughts of love and caring to all of these refugees, no matter where they are. And I am praying for them all, whoever they may be. There is little else I can do for them due to my own straitened circumstances, and God is the only one who can help them all. I pray that He does.

Thank you for reading this, and I hope that you will pray for these people, as I am doing.

SOME STATISTICS REGARDING WORLD REFUGEES:

http://www.worldrefugeesurvey.org/

(These statistics have been painstakingly pieced together from many different sources - they may not be current, nor entirely accurate, and also, there are many refugees whose numbers and whereabouts are unknown, due to lack of reporting entities, or to the severity of the violence in the areas where they are, which prevents relief agencies from reaching them. The numbers are constantly changing - often UN refugee camps are closed down suddenly, or moved to other locations as a result of unsafe, violent conditions.)

Countries Hosting Refugees with Numbers of Refugees and Origins:

(This is only a very partial list)

Algeria - 96,500 (Western Sahara, Palestine, Niger)
Bangladesh - 193,000 (Rohingya fromMyanmar/Burma) plus another 100-200,000 unregistered living outside the refugee camps
Botswana - 23,100 (Zimbabwe, Namibia)
Brazil - 21,400 (Colombia, Angola)
Burundi - 26,300 (Congo, Rwanda)
Cameroon - 91,900 (Central African Republic, - Chad, Nigeria, Rwanda, Congo, Burundi, Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia, and others.
Canada - 72,500 (Mexico, Haiti, Colombia)
Chad - 330,500 (Sudan/Darfur, Central African Republic)
China - 332,000 (Vietnam, North Korea, Myanmar)
Congo-Brazzaville - 40,000 (Congo-Kinshasa, Rwanda, Angola)
Congo-Kinshasa - 192,000 (Angola, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Sudan, Congo-Brazzaville)
Cote d'Ivoire - 26,300 (Liberian)
Ecuador - 135,000 (Colombia, Peru, Cuba, Haiti, Russia, Iraq, Ghana, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Cameroon, Armenia)
Egypt - 152,400 (Palestine, Iraq, Sudan, Somalia)
Ethiopia - 135,000 (Somalia, Eritrea, Sudan, Congo-Kinshasa)
Europe - 302,200 (Iraq, Russia, Somalia, Serbia, Afghanistan)
Ghana - 18,700 (Liberia, Togolese)
Guinea - 28,100 (Liberia, Sierra Leone, Cote d'Ivoire)
India - 411,000 (Sri Lanka, Tibet/China, Myanmar, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Nepal)
Iran - 993,600 (Afghanistan, Iraq, and others, plus more than one million unregistered Afghans)
Iraq - 39,500 (Turkey, Palestine, Iran)
Israel - 16,500 (Eritrea, Sudan)
Israeli-occupied territories - 1,828,100 (Gaza Strip, West Bank)
Jordan - 621,600 (Iraq, Palestine, former Palestine, plus nearly 2 million Palestinians with Jordanian citizenship and not counted as refugees)
Kenya - 377,400 (Somalia, Nubian, Ethiopia, Sudan, Congo-K, Rwanda, Uganda, Eritrea, Burundi)
Kuwait - 40,000 (Iraq, former Palestine)
Lebanon - 333,500 (former Palestine, Iraq, Sudan)
Libya - 18,900 (Former Palestine, Sudan, Somalia)
Malawi - 11,600 (Congo-Kinshasa, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia, Ethiopia)
Malaysia - 171,500 (Myanmar, Philippines, Indonesia)
Mauritania - 30,600 (Western Sahara, Mali)
Nepal- 121,300 (Bhutan, China - Tibetans)
Niger - 15,700 (Chad)
Pakistan - 1,775,600 (Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq)
Panama - 11,500 (Colombia, El Salvador, Cuba, NIcaragua)
Russian Federation - 107,000 (Afghanistan, Georgia, Central Asia)
Rwanda - 59,000 (Congo-KInshasa, Burundi)
Saudi Arabia - 291,000 (Former Palestine, others, also hundreds of thousands of Myanmar Rohingya & about 70,000 stateless Bidoons)
Senegal - 35,000 (Mauritania)
Serbia - 96,500 (Croatia, Bosnia, Herzegovina)
South Africa - 256,000 (Zimbabwe, Congo-Kinshasa, Somalia, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, India)
Sri Lanka - 250,000-300,000 internally/externally displaced due to civil war Tamil Tigers vs. Sri Lanka Government
Sudan - 310,500 (Eritrea, Chad, Ethiopia, Congo-K, Central African Republic)
Syria - 1,763,900 (Iraq, Former Palestine, Somalia)
Tanzania - 321,900 (Burundi, Congo-Kinshasa)
Thailand - 368,800 (Myanmar, Laos)
Turkey - 18,200 (Iraq, Iran)
Uganda - 155,400 (Congo-K, Sudan, Rwanda, Somalia, Burundi, and others)
United States - 161,200 (Cuba, China, Myanmar, Iraq, Haiti, Iran, Bhutan, Colombia, Somalia)
Venezuela - 211,000 (Colombia plus 200,000 unregistered)
Yemen - 145,700 (Somalia, Iraq, Ethiopia, Sudan)
Zambia - 88,900 (Congo-K, Angola, Zimbabwe, Rwanda)

List of refugees - Countries having citizens who are refugees, or groups that are refugees - refugees from these countries are either internally or externally displaced:

(This list is by no means complete - there are many more)

Sudan, Darfur, Somalia, Zimbabwe, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Angola, Nigeria, Bhutan, Central African Republic, Chad, Libya, Liberia, Namibia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Tamils, India, Kenyan Nubians, Kurds, Malaysia, Rwanda, Haiti, Myanmar (Burma), Muslim Rohingya from Myanmar, Congo-Kinshana (Democratic Republic of Congo), Burundi, Uganda, Mali, Cameroon, Bangladesh, Croatia, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Kosovo, Mauritania, Cuba, Nicaragua, Tibet, China, Uganda, Eritrea, Ghana, Former Palestine, Palestine, Turkey, Serbia, Russia, Sierra Leone, Namibia, Niger, Western Sahara, Cote d'Ivoire, Gaza Strip, West Bank, El Salvador, Georgia, Cameroon, Kenya, Armenia, Laos, North Korea, Philippines, Guinea, Yemen, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Peru, El Salvador, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Sumatra, American Samoa, Nepal, Philippines, Vietnam, Laos, Bidoons of Saudi Arabia, Mali, Sierra Leone, Togolese, Biharis (Bangladesh).

Countries that are hosting refugees from other countries:

(Not a complete list - there are many, many more! Many countries already over-burdened with their own internally displaced refugees, are also hosting refugees from other countries. Syria is past the breaking point and in a humanitarian crisis, with so many refugees from Iraq and Somalia. It would seem that there is no place to go that is safe, for these people...)

Algeria, Bangladesh, Botswana, Brazil, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Chad, China, Conga-Brazzaville, Congo-Kinshasa, Cote d'Ivoire, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Europe, Ghana, Guinea, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Israeli-occupied territories, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritania, Nepal, Niger, Pakistan, Panama, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, South Africa, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, United States, Venezuela, Yemen, Zambia

"World Refugees 101"
Please watch and see the truth for yourself!
These are refugees from all over the world...




REFUGEE LINKS FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO HELP WITH AID EFFORTS:

Here are some organizations that work to help refugees all over the world:

(Organizations that help refugees can be easily found by Googling the names of the organizations.  Be sure to check charities first to make sure they are reputable, and that your donations will go where they are intended to go.)

UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees - Is responsible for the overall co-ordination of world-wide refugee services and of the camps. They subcontract to a number of agencies and organizations listed below to provide food and essential services in the camps.
http://unhcr.org
 
LWF Lutheran World Federation - LWF, as an implementing partner of UNHCR, has been responsible for care and maintenance of shelters, service-centres, water supply and sanitation and community services activities
http://www.lwf.org
 
International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) - Organization whose humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of war and internal violence and to provide them with assistance.
http://www.icrc.org/
 
IRC - International Rescue Committe, provides relief, respect and renewal to refugees and victims of armed conflict around the world, also resettlement assistance
http://www.theirc.org/
 
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). The IFRC is the world's largest humanitarian organization with 186 members
http://www.ifrc.org/
 
Save the Children UK - An international children's charity based in the UK which supports both emergency and long-term relief and development projects.
www.savethechildren.org.uk/
 
International Save the Children Alliance Homepage - Save the Children fights for children's rights, delivers immediate and lasting improvements to children's lives worldwide.
www.savethechildren.net/
 
Doctors Without Borders | MSF USA - Doctors and nurses volunteer to provide urgent medical care in countries to victims of war and disaster regardless of race, religion, or politics.
http://doctorswithoutborders.org/
 
Médecins Sans Frontières International Homepage - Is a secular humanitarian-aid non- governmental organization best known for its projects in war-torn regions
http://www.msf.org/
 
Caritas International - Provides direct aid to refugees of armed conflict and natural disasters
http://caritas.org/

Oxfam International - A group of non-governmental organizations from three continents working worldwide to fight poverty and injustice. Oxfam International is a confederation of 14 organisations working with over 3000 partners in more than 70 countries to find lasting solutions to poverty
http://www.oxfam.org/
 
Oxfam America - United States branch dedicated to finding long-term solutions to poverty, hunger , and social injustice around the world.
http://www.oxfamamerica.org/
 
UN Agencies:

United Nations High Commission for Refugees:
http://www.unhcr.org
 
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
http://www.ohchr.org
 
United Nations Development Programme in Bhutan:
http://www.undp.org.bt
 
UNICEF - The United Nations Children's Fund works for children's rights, their survival, development and provides special protection for the most disadvantaged children: victims of war, disasters, extreme poverty, all forms of violence
http://www.unicef.org/

UNDP and the other UN agencies (UNICEF, WFP, UNFPA, and WHO), work together

Non-Governmental Organizations:

Amnesty International:
http://www.amnesty.org
 
Human Rights Watch:
http://www.hrw.org
 
South Asian Human Rights Documentation Centre:
http://www.hrdc.net/sahrdc
 
Habitat International Coalition Housing and Land Rights Network:
http://www.hic-sarp.org
 
Jesuit Refugee Service:
http://www.jrs.net
 
Here are some helpful links to learn more about refugees and connect with places that are trying to help them - or at least this is a small start in that direction:
 
UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees - The UN Refugee Agency
http://www.unhcr.org/
 
International Rescue Committee
http://www.theirc.org/
 
UNRefugees.org
http://www.unrefugees.org/
 
Refugees International
http://www.refugeesinternational.org/
 
USAid.gov
http://www.usaid.gov
 
World Refugee Survey
http://www.worldrefugeesurvey.org/
 
US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI)
http://www.refugees.org/
 
American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA) - a 40 year old non-profit organization, provides humanitarian relief aid to Palestinian refugees, and people in the West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon, etc.
http://www.anera.org/
 
Iraq Veterans Refugee Aid Association
http://www.iraqveteransrefugeeaidassociation.com/
 
AmeriCares
http://www.americares.org/
 
THE UNHCR HAS VIDEOS!

SEE VIDEOS BY THE UNHCR ABOUT REFUGEES:


UNHCR YouTube Channel
http://www.youtube.com/user/unhcr
 
UNHCR also has a video channel at
http://www.Livestation.com
 
DONATE TO THE UNHCR UN REFUGEE AGENCY
 https://www.kintera.org/site/c.lfIQKSOwFqG/b.5019079/apps/ka/sd/donorcustom.asp



Pakistani Tamil Refugees, victims of recent violence in the 25 year long
Pakistan Civil War, at a Refugee Camp in Sri Lanka - UN Sec. General says
"Worst conditions he has ever seen in almost 30 years" Photo by Getty Images

URGENT: Humanitarian Crisis in Pakistan NOW!

Things are especially dire in Pakistan right now, where there are over 2 million Pakistanis displaced in NW Swat Valley, following recent violent conflict between militants and governmental forces, causing an extreme emergency humanitarian crisis.

Pakistan Refugees Facing Humanitarian Crisis


Help UNHCR's relief efforts in Pakistan
http://www.unhcr.org/emergency/pakistan/global_landing.html

Learn More About This Emergency: "Pakistan : Swat Valley Emergency"
http://www.unhcr.org/emergency/pakistan/global_landing.html

How to Donate to UNHCR Refugee Efforts:


PLEASE! DONATE TO THE UNHCR REFUGEE AGENCY!!!

It does not have to be a lot - A small donation goes a long way towards alleviating the suffering and hardship that the world's refugees are enduring. Your donations will help provide housing, potable water, blankets, electricity, food, medicines, and education for refugees and their children. You can even choose which country you would like to make a donation to.

Here is where to go to donate to the UNHCR:
https://www.kintera.org/site/c.lfIQKSOwFqG/b.5019079/apps/ka/sd/donorcustom.asp

BOOKS ABOUT REFUGEES:

Vulnerable Bodies: Gender, the Un, and the Global Refugee Crisis (Gender in a Global/Local World)

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

Dangerous Sanctuaries: Refugee Camps, Civil War, And the Dilemmas of Humanitarian Aid (Cornell Studies in Security Affairs)

Refugee Rights: Ethics, Advocacy, and Africa

Children of War: Voices of Iraqi Refugees

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