World Refugee Day

June 20, 2006

Pink CosmosA day on which we should all be grateful for what we have.

This year’s World Refugee Day theme is courage. About eight million people are refugees, but counting those displaced internally within their own countries such as in Chad, Darfur and the Sudan, East Timor and Afghanistan, the true number is thought to be closer to 20 million. Or about the size of the population of Texas, to put matters in perspective. While the courage theme pertains to those who cling to life in the face of genocide, courage is also the voice of each of us who protests the conditions in which refugees live and die.

The Lost Boys of Sudan, a documentary which debuted in 2004, is a heartbreaking and illuminative look at refugee issues. We were reminded of this today by a local television interview with a Sudanese refugee, who made it to America and then worked two jobs, got his G.E.D., attended one year of community college, was admitted to a local university, graduated (all the while working two jobs) and is now beginning medical school. As the old saying goes, “God don’t make no junk.”

Read about an interesting Mexican holiday, the Day of the Dead.

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