America Magazine, Issue 11 October 2010
The problem of refugees facing the churches in the Middle East
by Joseph Cornelius Donnelly and Drew Christiansen
Being a refugee should be a temporary condition. Under international law, people who have fled their homes out of fear of persecution should be able to return home once conditions improve or, when they are prevented from doing so, make a new home elsewhere. To be uprooted from one’s home is especially traumatic in the Middle East, where family, home and ancestral ties to the land are essential to one’s identity. People hold on to their house keys years after they have been expelled or taken flight.
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