25 June 2012
Every minute eight people leave everything behind to escape war, persecution or terror. If conflict threatened your family, what would you do? Stay and risk your lives? Or try to flee, and risk kidnap, rape or torture? For many refugees the choice is between the horrific or something worse.
In choosing a theme to mark World Refugee Day this year the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has highlighted some of the tough choices facing refugees, helping the public to empathize with, and understand, their dilemma.
Currently more than 42 million people around the world have been forcibly displaced from their homes and communities with more than a million forced to flee their countries in the last eighteen months alone.
Sadly the response of the Australian political leaders to this global problem (which actually has minimal impact on Australia) continues to be marked by misrepresentation, political expediency and a lack of basic humanity.