We continued our year-long focus on the topic of Global Displacement by hosting on April 1, 2019 Mr. George Khoury, Director of the Middle East & North Africa Division at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in New York. Our Model UN Undersecretary General, Lorelei Wolf, introduced Mr. Khoury to the student assembly. Members of our Model UN club, Global Education Coordinator Maria Barton, and President Eileen Davidson are pictured here with our speaker.
Mr. Khoury educated us about the 68 million forcibly displaced people around the world. He helped us understand the difference between Internally Displaced Persons (who are the largest group, staying in their home country) and refugees who flee to another country where international law applies.
Mr. Khoury discussed the humanitarian aid that displaced people need due to armed conflict and natural disasters - both causes for people to leave their homes.
We were moved by the UN video interviews of displaced persons around the world, who yearn to live in a safe place.
Our exploration of this important issue extends throughout the curriculum and across many disciplines.