World Refugee Day

On World Refugee Day, let's pause to acknowledge that in 2016, refugee numbers worldwide reached a record high.

According to the UNHCR, the United Nations refugee agency, the number of refugees worldwide in 2016 was 22.5 million.  More people fled from the conflict in Syria -- 5.5 million --than any other country, but the biggest new source of refugees was what was described as "the disastrous breakdown of peace efforts" in South Sudan. Nearly 750,000 people fled South Sudan last year. 

While we seem unable to stem the tide of events that results in refugees, we can and should ask of ourselves that we welcome refugees to our country and that we educate ourselves as to their cultures so that we can assist them in building new lives.  That's not too much to ask, is it?