ISSN 1710-6931 July 27, 2007 Issue 104

Where is home for refugees?

Home! What a terrific thought it really is! Conjuring up feelings of safety and love. However, put the words refugee and home together and the picture becomes terrifying.

Being forced to leave our homes – worse, running away to seek shelter – is something we can't imagine or grasp. But this is the way of life for millions of people categorized as refugees.

Many have left their homeland because of the fear of loss of life, freedom and dignity. One or more of their basic human rights have been violated or threatened or they are being persecuted in a country where poverty, political turmoil and corruption are prevalent. Where is home

Refugees Stranded in Nigeria!

On my recent visit to Oru, the only refugee camp in Nigeria, a few days after the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) officially declared it closed, it was business as usual.

In other words, refugees are going about their normal duties: children are going to school, refugees are going to the farm, others are selling goods and domestic items, women are plaiting their hair, some people are playing football with spectators and others are waiting for something to happen.

If not for the forced-to-close administrative offices and health center I would state that the camp is not closed. More than 3,000 Sierra Leoneans and Liberians are still stranded. Refugees Stranded

Human Rights Course In Sierra Leone And Guinea

A human rights course has just been completed for internally displaced person (IDP) students in Sierra Leone and another started for students in Guinea. Ms. Rudo Dhliwayo volunteered as the tutor for the courses. She is from the United Kingdom and is an LLM (holds a masters in law) from Staffordshire University. She is also a volunteer at Amnesty International, the Fair-trade Foundation and Oxfam International.

Mr. Alex P. Columbus, RESPECT Sierra Leone Country Coordinator, worked as the bridge between Rudo and the students. He worked in collaboration with RESPECT University Coordinator Mr. Ashok Pillai. Human Rights


Bienvenidos a RESPECT

Bienvenidos a RESPECT is how visitors are greeted when they go to the Spanish pages on the RESPECT website.

This was made possible by a group of volunteers who took on the task of translating the content of the RESPECT website into Spanish. They completed the first set of pages in less than a week.

We offer a big Thank You to the volunteers of the first phase of the project:

  • Nicholas Enersen
  • Raquel Garcia
  • Pilar Guerrero
  • Jose Guillermo Lopez
  • Patricia Morgan
  • Olga Saborio

The next phase of the project has already begun. When the project is completed the majority of the website will be available to the Spanish speaking world.


RESPECT volunteers display items

Displaying a RESPECT T-shirt, a lunch bag, and book bags made by RESPECT Art Director for the Run for Rights, are (Left to Right) Judy Huynh, RESPECT Volunteer; Marc Schaeffer, RESPECT International Coordinator; Dr. Robyn Mossman, RESPECT Board Member; and Jillian Todd, WREN Volunteer.

Marc, Robyn, and Jillian stopped to see Judy in Michigan, USA, during their road trip to Ottawa, Canada. Judy presented Marc with a $1000 USD check (about €725.32 EUR). The money was raised by Judy's students at the Palo Community School, Palo, Michigan, USA, and is to be used to support the establishment of a computer resource centre in Ghana.

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.

If you have any suggestions or would like to contribute an article, contact the e-Zine editor, Angela Carter, at

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