World Refugee Day

Friday, 20 June, 2014

Today is World Refugee Day and, according to figures just released, the number of people forced to flee their homes across the globe has exceeded 50 million for the first time since the Second World War. Refugee numbers are stretching host countries and aid organisations to breaking point. Bound up with the tragedy of displacement is the trauma of those left behind. As the Haitian-American author Edwidge Danticat wrote in Brother, I’m Dying: “It’s not easy to start over in a new place,” he said. “Exile is not for everyone. Someone has to stay behind, to receive the letters and greet family members when they come back.”

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