n Conflict Trends - World Refugee Day : what it means for Africa : refugees

Volume 2003, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


June 20 marks World Refugee Day. This is the day that the entire world dedicates its attention to and reflects on the plight of not only the 20 million refugees world-wide, but also the children and grandchildren of millions more refugees from earlier generations. These are people - civilians, mothers, men, children, the elderly - who have been forced out of their homes, villages, jobs, towns and countries and thrown into the wilderness of exile, as a result of unresolved conflicts, wars, and other forms of tension in society, such as ethnic, religious, racial or political intolerance, abuse of human rights and the like. This is the case particularly in Africa, which accounts for almost one third of the world's refugee population.

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