The International Herald Tribune offers this interesting article on the state of the world’s refugee population, which has climbed to over 11 million worldwide. Below is the introduction to the article.

The number of refugees fleeing to other countries to escape conflict and persecution rose in 2007 for the second year as factors from climate change to overly scarce resources threatened to increase the flow, the United Nations refugee agency warned Tuesday.

A total of 11.4 million refugees were under the care of the agency, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, in 2007, including about 400,000 experiencing conflict in their home countries, the agency said. The total for 2006 was 9.9 million. Continue the article HERE.

“Schoolchildren in Trafalgar Square in London on Tuesday viewing a representation of the remains of a Darfur village in the aftermath of war in Sudan. The United Nations erected the structure as part of global observances of World Refugee Day on Friday.” (Lefteris Pitarakis/The Associated Press) – photo taken from the International Herald Tribune.

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