Lip service cannot rebuild shattered lives

Sherry Rehman; 8/6/09

There is nothing more tragic than being a refugee in one’s own homeland. Exile is no longer an imagined place or ambiguous choice. It is a reality forced by the trauma of a natural or man-made crisis, sharpening the pain and loss of leaving home, of facing the unsaid horror of becoming a third-class citizen in one’s own country. Yet despite the outpouring of public grief at the human deprivation distilled on television without interruption, and national discourse forcing many graphic realities out in the open, a few issues remain un-addressed, while others bear reiteration.