Three Lists: 60 Million Refugees

Writing 101: Day 2:  I am to write a list of things I like, things I’ve  learned, or things I wish. I did all three:

Things I’ve Learned:

According to the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees, using 2014 data, there are:

  1. 59.5 million fellow human beings that have been forcibly displaced from their homes worldwide.

It breaks down like this:

  1. 42,500 individuals per day are forced to leave their homes and seek protection elsewhere, either within the borders of their
    own country or in other countries.
  2. 19.5 million people are refugees ( person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster)
  3. 38.2 million people are living as  internally displaced persons (persons forced by persecution, war or natural disaster to flee their homes to another location within their own country.)
  4. 1.8 million individuals have requested protection as asylum seekers ( have fled their country already but have not been accepted as a refugee by their host country so have no protections.)
  5. 51% …that is just shy of 30 million are under the age of 18.
  6. 53% came from three countries: Syrian Arab Republic  (3.88 million).Afghanistan (2.59 million), and Somolia (1.11 million)
  7. The Top Countries assisting: Turkey (1.5 million), Pakistan (1.51 million), Lebanon (1.15 million), Islamic Republic of Iran (982,000) Ethiopia (659,500), Jordan (654,100).
  8. U.S. sold more than $26.9 billion in weaponry to foreign nations, while Russia sold weaponry exceeding $29.7 billion in value around the globe (2013 figures!), according to Business Insider.
  9. The Huffington Post reports that Germany expects to accept 800,000 refugees by the end of 2015,  doubling their admitting 400,000  in 2014.

Things I like:

  1. My Journalism Skills for Engaged Citizens from University of Melbourne Australia through  the MOOC Coursera.
  2. My Writing 101 Class through WordPress
  3. The magic potential involved with the “Open New Tab” button on my computer.
  4. Doctors Without Borders is operating in 70 countries including Syria, South Sudan, Afghanistan, and Nepal. Go to their website and see how you can help.
  5. Germany welcoming 800,000 refugees this year.
  6. Speaking up about events and situations that concern me at
 Things I wish:
1. Weapons manufacturing and sales would cease worldwide, all current weapons would cease to function, and humankind is forced to rethink goals and priorities of their purpose on planet earth.
2. The citizens of the United States would unite for the benefit of their fellow human beings on this shared planet and use their right to vote to elect responsible leadership in the United States.
3. With this new responsible leadership in place, the United States will become a thriving, positive force for planet earth and it’s people.
4. There will be adequate food, shelter, water, warmth, dry socks/shoes, and safety for those displaced citizens of our planet.
5. I Wish That 60 Million people could go home.


Today’s Music: Protest, Resistance, and Dissent in Native Americans


  1. I am ashamed also. I can’t say that I enjoyed creating this post, my heart is heavy by this situation of the displaced people. But I can say I felt as though I was putting out some information that needs to be reckoned with.
    Thank you for taking the time to read this and comment.


  2. This is some serious powerful stuff. Your post is amazing. You’ve taught me so much just by writing this post. I knew about the refugee crisis but I had no clue so many people had been misplaced.

    Some of the info you shared is very important. I came across comments on Facebook’s posts that perpetuate the belief that countries in the Middle East won’t help. Or that Europe is the only one that has decided to help.

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