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SEMINAR ON WORLD'S REFUGEE SITUATION SLATED
04 May 1996 20:30:29
95380 SEMINAR ON WORLD'S REFUGEE SITUATION SLATED
by Jerry L. Van Marter
LOUISVILLE, Ky.--With continuing instability in various parts of the world
pushing the number of refugees to record levels annually, two agencies of
the Presbyterian Church have planned a seminar to address the crisis.
"Discover the Vision: The State of the World's Refugees," cosponsored
by the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program and Presbyterian World Service and
hosted by the Presbyterian United Nations Office, will be held Nov. 8-10 at
the United Nations in New York City.
According to seminar organizers, participants "will explore the
complex causes that lie at the root of refugee flows, including conflict
and massive human rights abuses, as well as long-simmering social,
political, economic and environmental tensions." The seminar will also
address the roles of the United Nations and nongovernmental organizations,
including churches, in responding to the refugee crisis.
Specific refugee situations, such as those in the former Yugoslavia,
Sudan, Mozambique and Rwanda will be examined.
In 1970, the world's refugees numbered 2.5 million. By this year the
number had swelled to more than 23 million. More than 80 percent are women
For more information contact Presbyterian News Service
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Louisville, KY 40202
phone 502-569-5504 fax 502-569-8073
E-mail PCUSA.NEWS@pcusa.org Web page: http://www.pcusa.org
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