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For the past half century, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees has taken care of people fleeing violence. It has grown from helping 1 million refugees after World War II to some 22 million homeless people today. Is that a measure of our collective compassion or the pervasiveness of conflict (pages 1 and 7)?

- David Clark Scott World editor

REPORTERS ON THE JOB..

CENSORING A CRACKDOWN: Reporter Nicolas Pelham went to a demonstration by Muslim activists on Sunday in Rabat, Morocco. "They were in the middle of a grassy roundabout, shouting 'God is great!' and 'We want the truth,' " says Nick. "I was standing nearby, with some local journalists, and one or two tourists who were asking what was going on. I told the tourists they'd better get out." A few minutes later, the police moved in, swinging their batons. Nick had a video camera and started filming. But as the protesters fled, pursued by the police, he became a target. "They smashed the camera of a local photographer and grabbed me and tried to take my bag. They confiscated the camera." Nick escaped unharmed and later retrieved his camera from the police. But the film was missing.

A COW BEGETS A TURTLE: Sometimes interviews take odd digressions. Reporter Ann Scott Tyson was interviewing UNHCR chief Sadako Ogata when they slid into a discussion about strange gifts. "In Rwanda, Mrs. Ogata was given a cow by grateful refugees. She was a little taken aback but graciously accepted," says Ann. A mother at the camp also named her newborn after Ogata. A year later, Ogata returned to the camp when her cow gave birth. She gave the calf to the mother. But the gift-giving wasn't over. During the same visit, the mother showed up with a box containing a turtle. Ogata was so touched she carried the turtle, a Japanese symbol of long life, on the remainder of her trip through five countries.

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