Around 80 percent of the world’s refugees have been living in exile for five years, and around one-fifth of them for 20 years, it noted, underscoring the intractable nature of the situation. Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Refugees is a collection of eight short stories, each of which centers on, or sometimes simply touches on, the lives of Vietnamese refugees who have immigrated to America following the Vietnam War. The public response to rescuing refugees in 1944 was no less confounding than it is today, 75 years after the end of World War II. Of that number, the United Nations (UN) identified 13.5 million (2016) as displaced persons, requiring humanitarian assistance. OTTAWA — Five years after the first of them arrived in Canada, tens of thousands of Syrian refugees have had to adapt to COVID-19 lockdowns that brought back the memories of war horrors and upset the lives they had begun to rebuild. War Years. The Refugees (2017) by Viet Thanh Nguyen is a collection of eight short stories that follow many Vietnamese refugees, most of them having fled from the Communist regime during the Vietnam war.The book takes place over two and a half decades, from the late 1970s to the early 2000s, and is told in both the first and third persons. For example, the Partition of India in 1947 following the abrupt end of British rule convinced indigenous political leaders of the need to create two new states, India and Pakistan . Refugees continued to flee for years after the partition, such as on this special train for refugees leaving India for Pakistan in 1954 . Fighting has ebbed into an uneasy stalemate, but Syria remains divided. Refugees of the Syrian Civil War are citizens and permanent residents of Syria who have fled the country over the course of the Syrian Civil War.The pre-war population of the Syrian Arab Republic was estimated at 22 million (2017), including permanent residents. Last year saw 770,000 of them returned to Afghanistan, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The protagonist of the story is a boy who is not given a name. The Assad regime has regained control of most territory, but the U.S.-backed Kurds control the northeast, Turkey controls much of the northern border region, and the northwest province of Idlib remains a contested space with a large concentration of Al Qaida. The Refugees is a collection of eight short stories made cohesive by the fact the protagonists in all of them are Vietnamese refugees and their immediate families. Over half of Syria’s pre-war population of 23 million is displaced, with 6.2 million displaced internally, 5.5 million refugees elsewhere in the Middle East, and a million in Europe. On Dec. Confession: my knowledge of the Vietnam war is somewhat muddy and confused, most of it sourced from American movies, and a few Australian ones, and we all know how one sided they are. The Syrian civil war is about to turn ten years old. According to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates, there are 1.5 to two million “undocumented” Afghan refugees in Iran – many of whom have been in Iran for the past forty years. He spends most of his time going to a summer school for enrichment, but when he is not at school he works in the convenience store that his parents own in San Jose, California, embedded in the Vietnamese section of the city.