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The Oxford Dictionary defines “refuge” as:
  • The state of being safe or sheltered from pursuit, danger, or difficulty.
  • A place or situation providing safety or shelter.
At a time when refugees are synonymous with political discord, it’s easy to lose touch with the root of the issue: people looking for a safe place to live, to raise a family, to go to school. 

Dear writers, what does “refuge” mean to you, in YOUR life? In advance of World Refugee Day on June 20, help us renew our understanding of this concept by writing a definition (or two or three), using examples from your own life: 

“Refuge means…” 
“Refuge is…”

For some inspiration, check out some of your fellow writers' efforts to make sense of this concept, at once universal and personal:
  1. "Refuge for the Like-Minded" by Gabriel Goodwin
  2. "Only Time Will Tell" by Swasti
  3. "it does not mean" by Vanilla
  4. "Refuge" by FairNoble