Today’s Wonder of the Day was inspired by Eva. Eva Wonders, “How do refugees find a refugee camp?” Thanks for WONDERing with us, Eva!

Do you pay much attention to the news? Some people read the newspaper. Others watch it on television. Many people check the news on the Internet. It’s important to keep up with what’s going on in the world around you.

You may notice that many headlines today report bad news. Stories of good deeds seem to get lost. Many good things do happen every day. Still, the sad reality is that bad things happen, too. Many places around the world are torn apart by terrorism and war. Simply staying alive on a daily basis may be the only good news many people can look forward to.

Sometimes, people living in war-torn countries have to flee their homes. They leave most of their belongings behind. Most also leave behind many friends and family members. They escape from their home countries and become refugees.

Refugees are people forced to escape to another country. What causes people to become refugees? It can happen because of war, violence, or fear of persecution. The threat is based on their nationality, religion, race, political opinion, or membership in a particular group. People who become refugees are often forced to leave with little warning. Sometimes they barely have time to pack more than a few things.

The trip to a foreign country can be very hard. Sometimes people who flee only move to another, safer place within their home country. When they don’t cross an international border, they’re known as internally displaced persons rather than refugees.

Being forced to leave your home under terrible circumstances is something no one should have to face. For refugees, the struggle often doesn’t end when they make it to a different country. The country they flee to might not want them or be in a position to offer them much help.

Many countries accept a certain number of refugees every year. Those that do so agree to provide them with some basic services. These were set by the 1951 United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and were updated in 1967. In this agreement, nations follow a set of legal protections for refugees. They also protect refugees’ social rights and provide them with living assistance.

Today, there are more than 60 million displaced people around the world. Sadly, about 50 percent of those people are children under the age of 18. Most refugees eventually return to their home countries. This happens when the conditions that forced them to leave have changed. But some people are never able to return. They have to seek resettlement in a new country. They work hard to rebuild their lives and become members of their new home.

Standards: C3.D2.Civ.14, CCRA.L.3, CCRA.L.6, CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.SL.1, CCRA.W.4

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