UN Brings Attention to World's Refugees

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Saturday is World Refugee Day, an annual event created by the United Nations to draw attention to the plight of refugees and internally displaced people around the globe.  This year's theme was "Real People, Real Needs."

According to the UN, there are 42 million uprooted people around the world.  Some10.5 million people were refugees in 2008 while another 14 million were internally displaced-- those who were forced to move away from their homes, but remained within the borders of their country.

Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq account for about 45 percent of the world's refugee population. 

The top host nation is Pakistan (1.8 million).  Afghans have sought refuge in the neighboring country for decades and this year, Pakistan faced a new displaced people crisis as more than 100,000 Pakistanis sought safety from their government's war against the Taliban.

CBN News Chief International Correspondent Gary Lane spoke with Jenny Hwang of World Relief for more on World Refugee Day. Click the player to watch.

She's the co-author of the book, Welcoming Strangers: Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate.

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