The United Nations estimates that one out of every 125 people in the world is a refugee. Refugees are the world’s homeless, searching for a safe haven. They have been forced from their homes, often having endured gross human rights violations. Lacking proper food, health care, and education, many refugees do not have even the basic freedoms, such as the right to speak freely or to practice their religion. The author discusses the circumstances that encourage the flow of refugees, focusing on trouble spots such as Haiti, Bosnia, and the Middle East.

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