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The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. --Edmund Burke

Refugee Wiki Project

A refugee is a person seeking refuge and safety who flees their country "owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion, is outside the country of their nationality, and is unable to or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail him/herself of the protection of that country." - 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees

We are 10th grade students at Rowland Hall-St. Mark's School in Salt Lake City who want to make a difference in the lives of refugees. We are creating this page to provide organizations like the International Rescue Committee with a resource to understand and educate others about the struggles of the refugees they serve. We hope to allow such organizations and the people in our community to better help refugees to acclimate to living in the United States.

Our hope is also to provide a public space where refugees will have a voice. We want the world to know the stories of our times. The stories that refugees have to tell are ones the world needs to hear. Compelled by what you see here? Act! Look on our pages and in our links for ways you can be proactive in helping the plight of these people in terrible and desperate situations.

Thank you to the International Rescue Committee-Salt Lake Office, the Asian Association of Utah, and the Center for Documentary Arts for support and guidance in our efforts here.

A Voice of the IRC (International Rescue Committee)

Video of Elissa McConkie, Program Specialist for the Salt Lake City
International Refugee Committee. She came to talk with students
about the plight of refugees in April 2007.

What is a wiki?
It's a collaborative website. Anyone with access to a computer and the internet can easily contribute. Like wikipedia!

Wiki Philosophy:
As a general rule, try not to steal someone's thunder. Don't cut and paste from another source (website, book, etc). If another resource has cool stuff, put the information into your own words and then cite the source. Or give a brief description about why the source is cool and offer a link to it. No need to duplicate efforts. The object of the refugee wiki is to offer a place where people can become educated about the causes of refugee crises around the world and to offer a place where refugees can be heard as individuals with stories to tell and compelling calls to action.

Be sure to cite your sources! Imagine the photographer, videographer, researcher, or story-teller who finds our wiki on line and recognizes his or her own work with no credit given! How embarrasing for the refugee wiki! Please cite everything--pictures, videos, facts, maps, drawings. Use the MLA format link in the navigation bar for correct formatting.

How can I post something?
Oh. Important. You need Firefox. It's a free download.
It's free and awesome and you need it to make your life easier if you are going to post on our wiki which we hope you will!

1. First, join wikispaces on their main page. You don't need to create a new site. Just sign up with the wikispaces group.
2. Then return to our "refugee" page and "Join this Space." That option is located in the top left hand side of the navigation bar on the page.
3. To edit, simply go to the page you want to contribute to, click on "Edit this Page," and start making your additions.
4. Don't forget to save!
5. If the page you want to post on is locked, please send an email to the organizer, cgiraud.
6. Take a tour at wikispaces about how wikis work! So easy. You don't need to create a new space to post on this wiki. wiki intro stuff

1. "Refugee." Online image. United Nations Development Program Indonesia. United Nations. April 19th, 2007. <http://www.undp.or.id/>
2. McConkie, Elissa. Lecture. April 11, 2007.