Friday, June 19, 2009

The global homeless

What must it be like to have no home?

I can not imagine this --- having no place to return to at the end of the day, no place to close out the world, to be with loved ones. No sanctuary.

The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, tells us that "global displacement stood at 42 million at the end of last year." Forty-two million! More than the population of Canada!

And now that has swollen to an estimated 44 million due to the conflicts in Sri Lanka, Somalia and Pakistan.

"Global displacement." What a bureaucratic, clinical euphemism for heartache, disorientation, fear, rape, hunger, thirst." Innocent victims of the silly vanities of local tyrants, the misguided movements of religious zealots, the well-intentioned initiatives of foreign leaders, and the hapless consequences of natural disasters.

But not always hopelessness.

See what I mean in some of these short videos showing their lives.

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