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Disposable people? : the plight of refugees

Author: Judy A Mayotte
Publisher: Maryknoll, NY : Orbis Books, [1992] ©1992
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Why are there refugees? Who are they? What is their fate? Refugees from war and persecution - an estimated 18 million people - can be found on all the inhabitable continents. Most flee from poverty-stricken lands to other lands just as desperately poor. The pattern repeats itself endlessly: in the agonies of Somalia, and those of what used to be Yugoslavia. Author Judy Mayotte lived among refugee peoples for two  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Judy A Mayotte
ISBN: 0883448394 9780883448397
OCLC Number: 26634655
Description: xx, 347 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Foreword / Sadako Ogata. Who Is a Refugee? Refugee Needs in Exile. Refugees as By-products of War. Refugees and the Aftermath of War. A Personal Note --
pt. 1. Cambodia. 1. Flight Cambodia. Pol Pot Empties Phnom Penh and Forces People to the Countryside. Historical Roots of the Khmer Rouge. Rise of the Khmer Rouge to Power. Life under Pol Pot. 2. Closed in. Overview. Seeking Refuge. Early Border Camps. Political Nature of the Border, Formation of Political Factions. Permanent Move of Camps to Thailand. Life in the KPNLF Camps: Site 2. Khmer Rouge Border Camps. Affect of the War on Thai Villagers. Moral Quandary. 3. Cambodia Return. Return of Cambodian Leaders to Phnom Penh. The Peace Accords. Forced Repatriation by the Khmer Rouge. The UNHCR Repatriation Plan. The Dangers of Land Mines. Development Needs in Cambodia. Family Tracing. Going Home --
pt. 2. Afghanistan. 4. Flight Afghanistan. Historical Background. The Era of King Zahir Shah and Mohammad Daoud Khan. The Great Saur Revolution and Soviet Control. A Family in Flight. 5. Refugee Women. Confinement and Culture. Self-Sufficiency or Economic Dependence. Education. Employment. Health. Female Refugees and Policy Development. 6. Afghan Return. Political Deterrents to Peace in Afghanistan. Reconstruction Needs. Women in Post-war Afghanistan. Children of the Afghan War --
pt. 3. Eritrea and Sudan. 7. Flight Eritrea. Colonial Background. Post-World War II Disposition of Colonial Eritrea. Eritrean Federation with Ethiopia. Abrogation of the Federation. Formation of Eritrean Liberation Fronts. Downfall of Haile Selassie. Rise of Colonel Mengistu Haile Mariam. Danait, A Victim of the War. The Eritrean War Front. 8. Urban Refugees. Background to Sudan's Civil War. Food as a Weapon of War. Internally Displaced in Khartoum. Developmental Relief in Refugee-affected Areas. 9. Eritrea Return. Liberation. The Fall of President Mengistu Haile Mariam. Demobilized Ethiopian Soldiers. Eritrean Reconstruction and Returning Refugees. Recognition of Eritrea. The Battle for Massawa: Infrastructure and Food Relief. Social Changes: The Role of Women.
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Why are there refugees? Who are they? What is their fate? Refugees from war and persecution - an estimated 18 million people - can be found on all the inhabitable continents. Most flee from poverty-stricken lands to other lands just as desperately poor. The pattern repeats itself endlessly: in the agonies of Somalia, and those of what used to be Yugoslavia. Author Judy Mayotte lived among refugee peoples for two years: staying in their make-shift homes, sharing their food, running with them to escape shelling, listening to their stories. Her family became the "long-term" displaced: Khmer refugees on the Thai-Cambodia border, Afghan refugees in Pakistan, and Eritrean and internally displaced Sudanese in Sudan. She tells their stories, and their countries' tortured histories, sharing their lives, and bringing home the immensity of their struggles. Every statistic, Mayotte points out, "is a person. ...?Refugees? are not simply masses of people we see on our television screens huddled, squatting, staring with vacuous eyes. The human dignity of each calls for our concern - a concern that will not tolerate the waste of lives in camps where people sit and wait and wait like a long row of empty bowls waiting for someone to come and fill them." Startling and informative, Disposable People? describes the geopolitics, the economics, and the social conflicts that propel people into flight from their homelands. More important than the reasons why, we come to know these refugees as men and women, children and elders. Homeless and totally dependent on others their lives have been shattered yet their hope remains alive - as do their dreams of returning home. Disposable People? drives home the simple point that the world community must be aware and involved in constructive responses to the "refugee problem." It is imperative not only in monetary terms - building peace is less costly by far than waging war - but in terms of our shared humanity as well. As the UN High Commissioner for Refugees says in her Foreword, "A vivid appreciation of the human costs of displacement, as presented in this book, reinforces the determination to act upon our moral and political obligations to help them rebuild their countries and their lives."

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