Today is World Refugee Day. This is not a day for celebration. Indeed, it is a day of harsh reckoning for all of us who have permanent shelters in which to live, eat, go to the toilet, plus countries to which we belong.
Today, there are at least 35 million refugees living in camps or makeshift places of shelter around the world. Those who do not live in camps have to run for their lives from place to place, desert to desert, or live in exile in countries other than their own.
It is sad to consider how, even in the 21st century, there are still scenes of horror around the world forcing people from their homes. How many people have to go breathless before the world comes to the rescue?
[Excerpt of an editorial in The Nation (Thailand)]