Article Analysis : ' Oregonian ' By Ashley Terry

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What it Means to be a Refugee A news article for the “Oregonian” by Ashley Terry There are 60 million people across the globe that have been forced to leave their home and country because it’s too dangerous. What are they called? Refugees. Refugees flee their country because of war, persecution, or natural disasters. Refugees often seek asylum in other countries, especially those whose borders touch their own. According to unhcr.org, the website for The UN Refugee Agency; by the end of 2014, there were 59.5 million refugees worldwide- that’s almost 20% of the U.S population. Just ten years ago, there were only 37.5 million people displaced worldwide. That means, out of every 122 people on Earth, one of them is seeking refuge from their…show more content…
Thousands of Syrian refugees have fled to Lebanon- a very small country (even smaller than Connecticut) just west of Syria. One fifth of Lebanon’s population are now Syrian refugees. Even with the sudden influx of Syrian refugees, Lebanon is a poor country and there are no actual camps for those seeking asylum within its borders. Refugees have to find safety in irregular shelters, such as old buildings that have long been abandoned, or barns with leaking roofs on top, and cow manure underneath. A family of ten will share a single-room home. The older children haven’t been able to go to school for several years now, the girls stay home and help with chores and the little ones, while the boys go out and search for a small job here and there- anything for the benefit of the family. Learning new skills and getting an education just isn’t an option for many refugees, even if it is available. As a refugee there are still everyday routines with chores, preparing food, working, and taking care of the younger children, as well as school and extracurricular activities (if they are available). These may sound like things everyone does, but for refugees, these everyday tasks look a little different. At Zaatari- a refugee camp in Jordan, two young sisters, Duha and A’laa start their mornings by washing up with a bucket of water and a small cup just behind their
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