In the final episode of the season, I share my heart with you about what I've learned and where this journey has taken me.
- 1) Persecution, be it racial, religious, political, or social.
- 2) War, as we've witnessed in the news from places like Syria, Somalia, Afghanistan, and Iraq
- 3) Climate Change - the UNHCR estimates that in 2018, 16.1 million people were displaced by weather related disasters and hazards precipitated by climate change.
- 4) Violation of Human Rights - this most often occurs when the wealthy and powerful elite become corrupt government agents who then stop supporting the social structures that provide for the poor.
- 5) Poverty - this is also tied to governmental inadequacy, ineptitude, and greed.
- 6) Hunger - most often due to drought, corruption and political instability and lastly,
- 7) gender and sexual orientation - 77 countries impose a death sentence on people solely for their sexual orientation.
If you are interested in going deeper and continuing your learning journey, there are a plethora of books to turn to. A few I have read and recommend are:
- American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
- The Ungrateful Refugee by Nina Nayeri
- The Devil's Highway by Luis Alberto Urrera
- The Translator by Daoud Hari
- The Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantu
- Of Beetles and Angels by Mawi Asgedom
- The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande (children)
- Where the Wind Leads by Vinh Chung
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Climate Refugees: https://www.unhcr.org/news/briefing/2019/6/5cf61d304/unhcr-warns-growing-climate-related-displacement-somalia.html
Refugee Statistics: https://www.unhcr.org/en-us/figures-at-a-glance.html
UNCHR Global Trends: https://www.unhcr.org/globaltrends2019/
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