US House Speaker Honors Refugees

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Sunday for a more secure, just and peaceful future for Sudanese, Tibetan and other refugees around the world.

Pelosi released a statement on the occasion of United Nations World Refugee Day Sunday to honor those people around the world who have been uprooted from their homes.

The statement said 2.6 million people have been internally displaced in Sudan and 250,000 Darfuri refugees are in Chad.

The Speaker said there are approximately 70,000 Tibetan refugees in India and Nepal who have escaped Chinese repression over the dangerous Himalayan mountain passes.

Pelosi said there continues to be no resolution in sight as the Chinese government will not engage directly with the Dalai Lama in a peaceful dialogue.

Pelosi went on to say that refugees often live in overcrowded and under-supplied camps, where they are exposed to disease, crime and other harsh conditions. She said they often have to wait from one month to eight years or more until a country accepts their application for residency.