ISSN 1710-6931 March 7, 2008 Issue 120

Teacher Connects Students to Refugees in Ghana

Nicolle Boujaber-Diederichs, a teacher of global studies and world history at Cypress Creek High School in Orlando, Florida, wanted to find a way to engage her students in issues facing refugees.

Nicolle came across the work of RESPECT International through the web platform iEARN (International Education and Resource Network), a non-profit network that enables teachers and youth to use the internet to collaborate on projects that enhance learning and make a difference in the world. Teacher Connects Students

Liberian Refugee Women Say Integration Is Not An Option

Women residents of the Buduburam Refugee Settlement have been boycotting normal activities to announce their dissatisfaction over plans to reintegrate Liberian refugees into the Ghanaian society.

The peaceful demonstration is characterized by group gathering at the entrance of the camp in a field under the scorching sun at day and sleeping in the dews at night, fasting and praying and boycotting even the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR)/World Food Programme (WFP) ration distribution of maize and oil. Liberian Refugee Women


Buduburam refugee women with protest signs

Women residents of the Buduburam Refugee Settlement protest against plans to reintegrate Liberian refugees into the Ghanaian society.


Hundreds Of Letters Ready For Global Letter Exchange

This month RESPECT International received around 100 letters from Buduburam Refugee Camp in Ghana and a similar number from the Agoro Community Development Association (ACDA) in Northern Uganda.

The bulk of the letters from Ghana are ready to be sent out to partner schools and the letters from Northern Uganda will be held over for a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Schools Conference scheduled to be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, this April.


What is a refugee?

What is a refugee? As a writer for RESPECT International, I have tossed around this word so often of late that I confess it becomes easier to associate it more with a number or a statistic rather than with a real person.

The word refugee as defined by the 1951 Refugee Convention is "a person who is outside their country of nationality or habitual residence, and has a well-founded fear of persecution because of their race, religion, and nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion." What is a refugee?

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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