More than 6.9 million people have been displaced according to UNHCR. Over half of these refugees are children. As the refugee numbers hit over 4 million last summer, the Syrian refugee crisis is now the biggest of our era. Of the 4.5 billion dollars needed to provide adequate care for these refugee's, only 335,698,364 has been received by the international community. Leaving an overwhelming gap of 4.2 billion dollars needed.
Turkey - 2,733,655
Lebanon - 1,033,513
Jordan - 656,400
Iraq - 239,008
Egypt - 114,911
- Women and children make up 3/4 of the refugee population
- Over 50% of the Syrian population will be in need of aid
- Refugees have little more than the clothes on their backs when arriving at refugee camps
-6.8 million internally displaced within Syria
-An estimated 9 million total persons have fled their homes.
-It is now the worst crisis of our era
Refugees - 4,806,762
Data Credit UN: 09/27
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The number of displaced people in the world has reached 60 million, according to a report in the Economist. The report comes as the bodies of 133 more migrants washed ashore Sunday in Libya, according to Reuters, after their smugglers’ boat capsized trying to reach Italy.
Millions of people are suffering in refugee camps around the world. Their lives destroyed, their loved ones murdered, their homes obliterated, they’ve been forced to travel thousands of miles to escape persecution and almost certain death. And many of us hate them for it. Why is it that these suffering individuals - many children among them - evoke such unprecedented hatred from certain factors of society.
It goes without saying that the current refugee crisis is deeply, deeply, horrible. Millions of displaced people are struggling with the trauma of not only losing their own country, but of being unable to find a new one. Crammed into sordid and squalid refugee camps while the world ponders their fate, these people are desperate, and the situation is swiftly becoming unmanageable. Yet there is one group of people who are benefitting from all of this human misery – traffickers
Devastating news was recently published about refugees at the Greek Idomeni Camp: two refugees attempted self-immolation, dousing their clothing in flammable liquid and setting fire to themselves. The fire was immediately put out by people nearby, but both refugees were hospitalized with serious burns.