Friday, January 27, 2006
Internally Displaced Peoples
It's so easy to forget about millions of people who continue to live in squalled, life-threatening conditions, far from their homes: the "Internally displaced peoples". As Donald Steinberg in his Christian Science Monitor article (URL link below) alerts us, these are the world's lost people - they are "neither refugees nor citizens". What do we do with them? How do we help them? The recent plight of thousands of children in Northern Uganda fleeing the Lord's Resistance Army rebel group has made headlines, but still, night after night the "night commuters" seek shelter in bus depots, schools and other public buildings, just to avoid adbuction. Who should be taking care of this? What should be done?