Sample International Relations Paper on How To be a Refugee

Burma Refugees

A refugee is a person who has forcefully fled his/her country due to violence, war, or persecution (USA for UNHCR, 2018). The individual seeks refuge in a foreign country because of fear of persecution due to race, nationality, religion, political opinion, or any other forms of personal orientation. Syria, South Sudan, Somalia, Afghanistan, and Myanmar (Burma) have the highest number of refugees worldwide. Burma was once a resource-rich and fertile nation but the status steadily waned to be considered one of the least developed countries in the world today (Barron et al., 2007). The unstable economy is also accompanied by an acute refugee crisis with over 500,000 refugees in the neighboring countries including India, Malaysia, Thailand, and Bangladesh.

Burma is a diverse country consisting of various ethnic groups including Burmans, the Karens, and the Chin among others. The ethnic diversity instigated constant geopolitical struggles including Anglo-Burmese wars, England’s colonization that utilized the “divide and rule” law, and the World War II among others (Barron et al., 2007). The constant feuds and the economic hardship forced many people including students, politicians, and intellectuals to start fleeing the country in the 1990s. This forceful movement qualifies the population as refugees. At the Burma border or in the refugee camps in host countries, this group of people experience hunger, disease infections like malaria, safety threats, unemployment, inadequate education opportunities, separation from families, imprisonment, interrogation, and trauma and depression (Barron et al., 2007). In the host countries, including the U.S., the refugees receive basic support like food, shelter clothing, education, and even employment.

Poem About Food in a Refugee Camp

Human beings eat a lot of things, but people should not be one of them,

Our bellies, no matter how full today, would need some food tomorrow,

At home food was routine, three or four times a day,

But times changed and many things rearranged,

Here in the sprawling tents, regularly blows a wind of hunger,

But the aroma of food is far from near,

Getting a meal a day is miraculous if not luck,

We don’t care about forks, spoons and cutlery as it was at home,

We just crave for any edible stuff to clutch with our fingers,

And push down the throat, just to quell the unforgiving hunger pangs


The Experience of a 15-year Old Female Refugee

Being separated from my family has been the hardest experience ever. Sometimes I wish I could have the power to restore peace and order in my country so that I can go back to be with my people. Life is not easy being away from the closest family members who were my source of joy, peace, and happiness. I admire my friends who have their families here. Their presence makes the experiences in this camp less painful.

I have fallen ill several times but I have no one to cry to – I only have to rely on the help of strangers who do not bother about my emotional pain. I sometimes wish these people could nurse me like my mum used to do. I do not have options of special diets whenever I crave for them. I miss my mum’s delicious foods that would sooth my sour taste buds whenever I fell sick.

I long for the day I will reunite with my people. I know my people miss me too. It breaks my heart not knowing their current condition since I was taken away from them. I fear that the chaos back in my home country might have harmed them, but my greatest wish and prayer is that they are alive. I strongly believe that one day I will reunite with them.



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