March 19, 2004
Issue 17 

Fleeing War

by Alimamy S. Bangura
iEARN Sierra Leone.

Every year millions of people have to leave their home, and often their countries because of persecution of war. These people become refugees. They nearly always have to move suddenly and leave most of their possessions behind. In the move families often get separated. Many refugees are never able to return to their homes.

Most refugees seek safety in a neighbouring country , arriving in large number at a time (called a mass influx). Ofter refugees have to travel great distances to find safety and arrive at an airport or seaport far from their native land. <<more>>


Agoro Community
Development Association

Children and life in Agoro
Album No. 1 -
Children and life in Agoro

Children in Agoro and their letters
Album No. 2 -
Children in Agoro and their letters

Life in Agoro
Album No. 3 -
Life in Agoro


Project Runaway: Nepal

by Julie Ng

In this issue, RESPECT is very proud to present an interview with Durga Lal Acharya, Country Coordinator for RESPECT Nepal. Durga is one of the few refugees who has become a strong and motivated person able to help people who are like he was, a refugee. As a former refugee he knows what the needs are and what needs to happen in order to make the refugees feel more at home in a the country to where they were forced to run. <<Interview>>



A couple of articles written by Catherine Harris were misidentified as being written by Julie Ng in the last issue of the RESPECT E-zine.

The articles were entitled: "Project Runaway: Sierra Leone" and "Interview with Alimamy Sekou Bangura."

We apologize to both Catherine and Julie, two important volunteers working with RESPECT.


Democratic Republic
of the Congo

RESPECT International has received around 100 letters from our newly designated affiliate, RESPECT DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo). The letters, written in French, are from refugee students in the DRC aged 5 to 15. The letters are all beautiful with photographs and hand-drawn pictures.

Any groups interested in exchanging letters with these students are encouraged to contact us at:

As in any newsletter or magazine, RESPECT e-zine is committed to striving for interesting articles and announcements concerning refugee issues all around the world.

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