The world is a very big place, it has not only many different race, color and type of people but also people with different religion, tradition and way of life, and different thinking and ideology create friction. When there are no respect, trust and tolerance for other religion, race and tradition, disputes are inevitable, and small conflict of interest can easily morphed into a fully-blown-war. On top of that, when humans’ inherent follies such as greed, ego, selfishness, power and revenge are allowed to play a part into it, destructions in unimaginable scale are unavoidable, and at the end, it is the ordinary people like you and me who will have to suffer the most. War does not only destroy property, society and the nation but also the life, hope and future of the nation as well as its people. It also stops the progress of time, the development of the society and eventually the advancement of the nation. Most importantly, it destroys peoples’ life, families are broken and the whole society can be displaced in no time. War is a very ugly thing, it does nothing but harm to all of us and we must stop it at any costs. It is so regrettable that we never seem to learn from the past mistakes, we are still suffering from the same repeated mistake again and again, and instead of stopping it, the world seems to be busy on escalating it.
The cost of any war cannot be counted alone on casualty, money or property loss, these factors carry less significance as they can be easily recuperated in later days, and the success or failure of the war shouldn’t be judged onto it. It is the immeasurable pain, suffering and misery of broken family, society and nation aftermath the war that must define the actual cost of the war and that is of course almost impossible to count. Peoples’ emotion, affliction or misery cannot be measured in scale, no individual or nation have been able to invent such a powerful machine, and no war can justify such tragedy and misery of humane suffering caused by it. If we sincerely do understand the inhumane situation and plight of the displaced people by war and the actual suffering and indignation normally refugees have to go through in a daily basis, no humans in their right mind and heart can support any shape or size of war. It is not our awareness but our blatant ignorance that is inflaming all the wars that we have now in this world. Unless it knocks at our front door and starts affecting our life, we don’t see it as a problem, it is always somebody’s problem, and it is that kind of attitude or shall we say shortcoming in our part that encourages warmonger in our planet. But a war at any corner of the world would somehow affect all of us someday, the ever-increasing refugee’s problem would sooner than later catch us up and trust me, there is simply no hiding from it. As the wise man has always said, prevention is always better than a cure, and we should all heed to him.
Refugees’ problem is not a new one to this world, it has been here perhaps from the very beginning of our civilization, and yet, we still have not done enough to solve this centuries old problem. It is also not one or two particular nations’ problem, it is our problem, and we must find ways to solve it as one. My sixth book, A NATION FOR REFUGEES was mainly written to highlight this ongoing problem, try to find some solutions and if possible, lessen their suffering. Most significantly of them all, it was my share of contribution towards the unfortunate and misplaced ones and if I can change peoples’ perception in a very small way through this book, I will take it as a compliment and assume that all of my efforts have not gone in vain. Thank you! TIM I. GURUNG/AUTHOR