Stop the war!
Factors that make people homeless and refugees
The world is very unfair! We can’t choose our nationality or where we come from! Sometimes we can’t even choose our government which might lead us to war or lead us to become refugees!
Why did they become refugees?
The reality of being a refugee is inconceivable to most of us. People become refugees or displaced people for several reasons:
They’re forced to flee persecution for their political or religious beliefs, ethnicity, nationality or membership of a particular social group they’re compelled to leave as a result of war they’re displaced because of “natural” disasters, occurring increasingly as a consequence of climate change often they are forced to flee to other countries to seek asylum where they may face further racial discrimination and similar problems caused by lack of acceptance; as if they haven’t suffered enough. All refugees and internally displaced people have the right to receive assistance; the right to protection from abuse and the freedom to seek asylum. These rights were enshrined in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which is the basis of all human rights laws and conventions — which applies to everybody — regardless of who they are or where they come from.
Every day, all over the world, people make one of the most difficult decisions in their lives: to leave their homes in search of a safer, better life.
Most people in the world have had the experience of leaving the place where they grew up. Maybe they will only move as far as the next village or city. But for some people, they will need to leave their country entirely – sometimes for a short time, but sometimes forever.
There are many reasons why people around the globe seek to rebuild their lives in a different country. Some people leave home to get a job or an education. Others are forced to flee persecution or human rights violations such as torture. Millions flee from armed conflicts or other crises or violence. Some no longer feel safe and might have been targeted just because of who they are or what they do or believe – for example, for their ethnicity, religion, sexuality or political opinions.
These journeys, which all start with the hope for a better future, can also be full of danger and fear. Some people risk falling prey to human trafficking and other forms of exploitation. Some are detained by the authorities as soon as they arrive in a new country. Once they’re settling in and start building a new life, many face daily racism, xenophobia and discrimination. Some people end up feeling alone and isolated because they have lost the support networks that most of us take for granted – our communities, colleagues, relatives and friends.
Think about it! They are suffering really!
Some migrants leave their country because they want to work, study or join a family, for example. Others feel they must leave because of poverty, political unrest, gang violence, natural disasters or other serious circumstances that exist there. In the end, they leave. Often the refugees will be provided with their staple food as a carbohydrate e.g.Rice, mealie meal, bread, oats or couscous. Unfortunately in a refugee camp, fresh fruit and vegetables are very difficult to get. For this reason, many refugees suffer from malnutrition.
Refugee children may feel relieved when they are resettled in any country. However, the difficulties they face do not end upon their arrival. Once resettled in a country, refugees may face stressors in four major categories: Traumatic Stress, Acculturation Stress, Resettlement Stress, and Isolation.
A message from a refugee child: I feel cold father, then he died. No comments from the silent world.