Letter to the Reader: Ruth Ali

Dear Reader,

Thank you for taking the time to read and learn human rights issues. As a young person, it may seem as though there is nothing you can do about these issues, but you are taking the first step into bringing about crucial change by taking the time to educate yourself. Living in a developed country, it may be hard to relate to the human rights abuses many people face on a daily basis. However, I hope the research that my fellow interns and I have conducted will give you insight into what “human rights” is, as well as the different human rights abuses taking place in our world.

Displaced people can be divided into three major groups: refugees, internally displaced persons, and asylum seekers. Refugees are people who have crossed international borders, while internally displaced people have not, but have still been forced to leave their homes. Asylum seekers are people who apply to receive refugee status in other countries.

For my research, I focused primarily on women, children, and solutions. There are approximately 42 million displaced people in the world, with 49% being women and 45% under the age of 18. Women and children face the most vulnerability as displaced people. They have completely different needs and are affected by displacement in different ways. It is important we address the specific needs of both groups. The articles I have included in my research go in-depth on the displacement of women and children, as well as the solutions that are available.

Thank you for taking the time to learn about displacement, and I hope that the articles you read will inspire you to make a change in the world.



Ruth Ali, San Diego Early Middle College

WorldLink 2011 Summer Intern


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