Refugees

Examples of different maps for refugee situation in Sierra leone:

Map 1

Map2

Map 3

29 Responses to “Refugees”

  1. mmmaythe Says:

    Can we have a few different maps for few different years? Or do we just need one map for general trend?

  2. Justina Says:

    For the points that we’re listing in our chart and using for our presentation, is there a limit in terms of how recent the events should be?

  3. Deena A. Says:

    @Maythe, the example he showed was one map, with different arrows representing important years….. which means we should have one map, right? XD

    • mmmaythe Says:

      Oh but I was wondering if I’m allowed to have a few different ones to show changing trends or something like that.

  4. permarev aka Heffernan Says:

    Maps – the more the merrier. You might need one to show movements between neighbouring countries. Another for movement to different DCs for permanent settlement. Another to show returnees (how many) have returned after the troubles have died down.

    re limits in your chart – no real time limits but main focus should be on 20th Century. With Palestine, for example, you’d have to go back at least to 1948

  5. mmmaythe Says:

    Not exactly related to refugees but found a disturbing (but interesting) article on Guardian.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/oct/24/iraq-war-logs-us-iraqi-torture

    • Justina Says:

      Wow this reminds me of when Mr. Chang showed us Taxi to the Dark side during those two days or whatever that it was streamed for free online. I find a lot of these army-related things truly scary because the army is sort of its own entity and they are basically in a position where they can do whatever and not be penalized very much.

      (Also did you notice how the epic lower-face shots of the guy reading something epic were always the same guy but from different angles?)

      • mmmaythe Says:

        What disgusts me the most is that the army is supposed to be something that protects people, not something that hands people over to torture squads – which is why I think courts shouldn’t be too soft about war crimes. War criminals should be punished harshly as they’re not committing petty crimes but creating an international uproar.

        … And I don’t think I noticed that. Thanks for pointing it out 😛

    • Sean Says:

      Maythe I agree that torture isn’t a good solution to finding out information, but I think that the army feels they are doing what is necessary to protect they’re people. I can see where they are coming from. If torturing somebody meant finding out about a suicide bomber and therefore helped being able to save more lives I’m sure you’d at least consider it. I agree with you that it is against morals and I don’t fully agree with it but you shouldn’t think our army is doing something like torture for no reason.

  6. mmmaythe Says:

    Not exactly refugee-related (again) but a natural disaster issue that would potentially lead to refugee issues:

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20101028-300175/Tsunami-volcanic-eruption-hit-Indonesia

    • Dayoung Says:

      Two disasters in one country in that short period of time? And the fact that they aren’t related is even scarier.
      Yeah, you are right. These natural disasters can certainly lead to increased number of refugees.

      A very similar example would be the Haiti earthquake. After this deadly event, even more people are starving to death and are living on streets, not being able to help their families and children.

  7. Deena A. Says:

    Just to make everyone’s weekend more depressing, this is the Toronto Star’s investigation into the situation of the First Nations people in Canada. I realize this isn’t refugee related, but it has a lot to do with disparity, and brings the whole situation much closer to home. What a great place to live, eh?

    http://www.thestar.com/news/investigations/government/article/883213–an-indian-industry-has-emerged-amid-the-wreckage-of-many-canadian-reserves?bn=1

    • Dayoung Says:

      Woah.
      It sounds as if these First Nation’s people are living in a third world country.. Canada has an international reputation for being a great country to live in, but if people find out about this sad reality, our reputation will quickly go down the drain.

      I wonder how long it will take the government to do something about this problem.
      Deena, please become our future prime minister. haha 🙂

      • Deena A. Says:

        VOTE FOR ME. 😀

        Today’s edition of the star also providing some interesting (albeit depressing) statistics: 38% of deaths for First Nations 10-19 years old are suicides, 117 First Nations reserves are have unsuitable drinking water, 70% of First Nations children don’t finish high school. How can we claim to be a country that emphasizes human rights and promotes equality and a high quality of life when we have people living in these sorts of conditions? And the Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs dares to say that he is optimistic and that conditions are improving. These people are living in the confines of a system set up in the 1830s to basically stamp them out. Something has got to change.

      • DaYoung Says:

        Of course I will 🙂 haha

        The part with how 70% of First Nations children don’t finish high school, from yesterdays law class, one of my classmates mentioned how those 30% who finishes high school get free tuition for university.
        It’s great they’re getting free tuition, but I think it’s more important that most of the majority of First Nations children receive education up until high school. More money should be spent towards helping these kids stay in school and provide them with special needs.

        If they don’t receive the basic education, they won’t have the basic knowledge that most Canadians have. All kids deserve the chance to attend school. This is just wrong.

    • Candy Says:

      @ Deena: Thanks for posting this information. This is totally relevant to world issue.I am doing research on Frist Nation for my activism project. I have more info add to my reseach 🙂

      I agree with you and DaYoung. It’s sad to see this happening in our own country, where we emphazie human rights and promote literacy!

      I wonder how long the goverment is going to solve the problen. It’s also part of the reasons that I am focus on First Nation for activism. It’s sad to ignore these kinds of problems in our own backyard.

      By the way, Deena, I will support you if you are running for prime minster of Canada!!!

  8. Gorgolewski Says:

    here is an interesting but kinda disturbing video about diamond mining in Sierra Leone and some of the experiences the miners have gone through

    • Gorgolewski Says:

      here is the website

      • Sean Says:

        thats a sad video. It reminds me of blood diamond. I think we should watch it in class Mr. Heffernan!?

      • Deena A. Says:

        I swear this course is going to make me suicidal by the end of the semester. That was a very interesting video, Stefan. I suppose if we continue on our wasteful paths, we will soon see wars over other resources such as water (which Sean already mentioned). We’ve already seen wars over oil. It’s funny how a lot of revolutions start off one way (fighting against a corrupt government in this case) and end another (fighting for control of diamond mines).

      • Candy Says:

        Deena, your comment makes me laugh first. Now, I totally agree with your feeling.

        Stefam, it’s a very interesting video. Point out the issues that is going on in short 3 mins. My heart was beating really fast while watching it. Really disturbing.

        I agree with what Deena said about wars over other resources. It makes me think…perhaps, us North Americans and Europeans (Not everyone, but majority) are too wastful now. We keep want more and more. Why can’t we just keep our life in a simple way? Are “money” and “power” the most important elements of life?

  9. Jocelyn Wong Says:

    Sean it does eh! I agree that we should watch this.
    “The war is over but memories are long” It’s so sad. I never really appreciated the “lavish” life we as Canadians live until I discovered all of these events around the world that are so unjust. In so many cases these occer because of poverty and no government systems. With these factors that LDC’s are faced with, no wonder their lives are like this. It’s sad.

  10. Alex I Says:

    In case any of you haven’t been following the news, here is an article/ video from cbc about an asian refugee escaping to Canada wearing a mask and disguise of an old caucasian male.

    • Lequan Says:

      where’s the link?

    • DaYoung Says:

      When i read about that, my jaw dropped. Wearing a mask to disguise himself? I would have never imagined someone would go this far to live in Canada.
      I think that he should be deported back because he’s jumping the line..

      • Alex I Says:

        I agree. I beleive if people have to go to these circumstances, they should immediately be deported back to where they came from.

    • Matthew Says:

      i liked this video alex and it did infform me because i don’t usually watch the news 😦

  11. sarelle Says:

    I agree that this course is very deppresing. In fact i find that each unit that we have studied in class is so sad. It almost makes me think our world is doomed. This is especially concerning our unit on environment, it is a lot like Enviromental Studies. Which is even more depressing, to much sadness

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