More than 65
million people had been displaced from their homes because
of factors such as war, threats from gangs, natural disasters, and lack of
economic opportunities at the end of 2016, the highest number of displaced since the
aftermath of World War II. Of those, the United Nations considered 22.5
million to be refugees: people forced to leave their countries because of
persecution, war or violence.
Global Sisters Report is bringing a
sharper focus to the plight of refugees through this special series,
Seeking Refuge, which will follow the journeys refugees make: living in
camps, seeking asylum, experiencing resettlement and integration, and those
who are deported to a country they may only vaguely remember or that may
still be dangerous.
Though not every refugee follows this
exact pattern, these stages in the journey are emblematic for many — and at
every stage, Catholic women religious are doing what they can to help.
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