Finding Home: Displaced and Desperate

Finding Home: Displaced and Desperate

People are on the move. Desperate to find safety from war, violence, corruption, and persecution.

But what happens when they have nowhere to go?

The United Nations reports 82 million people – more than 1% of the world’s population – are displaced. 

Recently a camp along the Texas-Mexico border was cleared of more than 15,000 migrants, mainly from Haiti. The violent treatment of the group by U.S. border guards was criticized as inhumane.

Many Haitian migrants say there is nothing to live for back home – ravaged with poverty, gangs, and corruption. 

The Taliban takeover in Afghanistan saw the urgency of many Afghans desperate to leave, even passing a baby into the airport gates, praying for a better life. 

This is not a new problem. 

As the number of people standing on the doorstep of developed countries increases, what does it mean to welcome the stranger?

Maggie John speaks to Pastor Prosper Ruvusha, displaced for 27 years and still living in a refugee camp; he explains that refugees want a sense of belonging more than anything else. 

Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Juliana Taimoorazy, tells Maggie about the plight of displaced Christians in Iraq and the region. Her organization, the Iraqi Christian Relief Council, works alongside refugees and internally displaced people.  

And The Cue Panel weighs in if Canada and the church can do more to help displaced people find home.

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