The Forgotten Victims of War

Around the world there is always a war in progress. Whether it’s between countries, different religions, militia or rebels there is always someone fighting someone else. The toll of these wars is immeasurable. War, not dissimilar to a natural disaster, destroys everything in its path. But what happens to the forgotten victims of war? The one’s who aren’t fighting but just happen to live in the wrong place at the wrong time, and simply end up with nothing left?

With over 15.4 million refugees worldwide, and another 27.5 million internally displaced people who have been forced to leave their homes as a result of armed conflict, violence, or human rights violations; something needs to be done for those who have been forced to flee their homes, not because of choice, but because the place they once called home has been destroyed. How do we as Australians even start to understand a situation that seems a million miles away? And what about women who remain a minority of combatants and perpetrators of war, yet increasingly suffer the greatest harm? How do we ensure their safety, and how do they have a voice in the peacemaking process?

What should the government be doing to help? What can we as global citizens do? And what more can be done for those who have already gone through so much?

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  • Venue Launceston College,
  • Date & time 14/05/2012 6:00:00 PM


The Forgotten Victims of War