75% of people have shelter and housing; and 25% do not. 100 People, A World Portrait, does not paint a picture of a perfect world.
If the world is not perfect, then who are we to blame the homeless and refugees?
Certainly a highly populated city like Tokyo who’s rents are high is forced to find novel solutions to things that other countries might be able to ignore. One such solution is tent cities and Net Care Refugees. It has been hard to maintain a link to the tent cities regardless of if they are the middle class of the United States of America or Japan–so sorry if the link tends to turn bad; I guess those countries don’t like to hang out their problems for all the world to see:
- This section tends to be linked to financial crisis that tend to be global in nature. here is a wiki article on this matter: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Financial_crisis.
- However not all the story is told by wiki since it is just an encyclopaedia in many ways and tends to reduce information to the smallest possible amount.
- Japan has issues when it comes to down turns, and not only local workers but possibly mostly foreign workers end up with major problems at such times.
- Tent Villages Spotlight Plight Of Japan’s Unemployed: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=103547305
- This article is quite good; it shows both the trouble the Japanese people and especially the foreign workers face during economic hardships. It also looks at the broader picture and how global economic and global political power is now being shared more evenly around the world. It also possibly hints at solutions that are being tried out: http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Newly-poor-find-shelter-in-Hibiya-tent-city-as-economic-crisis-worsens-in-the-land-of-the-Rising-Sun-14150.html
- United States of America
- The homeless middle class of 2011: http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2090997,00.html
- Homeless hell in America’s Midwest: http://bit.ly/pEPsBG
- US sub-prime mortgage crisis: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7073131.stm
- in March 2011, the U.S. acknowledged for the first time that rising homelessness implicates its human rights obligations [pdf article]: http://www.nlchp.org/content/pubs/SimplyUnacceptableReport.pdf
- Here a person looses their home in 2009, friends get sick of her staying in their home–hospitality extended for too long, and finally she end up homeless in spring 2010 and has to call into a homeless shelter. Thus the effect of the American Home Loan Crisis might pass, but many forgotten people may still be suffering the consequences long after the event occurred: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/12/homeless-america_n_808339.html. The downturn in the American economy also had an effect on jobs and many people that were still working in 2011 must have looked on in horror to what was happening to their friends and probably clung to existing jobs in fear as unemployment figures climbed as evidenced by falling American incomes ( “25 percent of children in America will soon be living in poverty–from article dated 30 March 2011 and accessed in 2012).
- Hunger and Homelessness on the Rise in U.S. in 2011 and will probably continue to increase in 2012: http://workersrights.twu.org/post/14464650904/hunger-and-homelessness-on-the-rise-in-u-s
- Hunger in America: 2012 United States Hunger and Poverty Facts: In 2010, 17.2 million households, 14.5 percent of households (approximately one in seven), were food insecure. http://www.worldhunger.org/articles/Learn/us_hunger_facts.htm
Even worse, previously there were refugees from war, economic difficulties and even random disasters. However soon there will be refugees that are going to exist and we have a chance to plan for their existence and not treat them harshly! Global warming will cause a significant number of people to end up as refugees.
In reality, there is no door we can lock to prevent refugees or homeless people existing in our country (some even are due to our own countries behavior). Whatever lip service the world governments give out to convince us such a lock exists will end up false and we will eventually be forced to look the refugees and homeless in the eye and try to explain why we have treated our neighbors like that.
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