The UNHCR recently reported that 70.8 million people have been forcibly displaced from their home.
“It’s a very alarming number,” Tent Schools International’s Emily Klooster says.
“It’s the highest number in the organization’s history of UNHCR. Wars, violence, and persecution is what is driving these people from their homes. It’s twice as many people as 20 years ago, and it’s greater than the population of the country of Thailand.”
Refugee and IDP Crises
Approximately half of the refugees are children, and the number of refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) continuously grow as refugee crises constantly break out around the world.
Tens of thousands of Rohingya people have fled Myanmar since 2015 due to persecution.
About 3.4 million Venezuelans have fled their country because of the economic crisis and gang-related violence.
Millions have fled their homes in the Middle East and North Africa due to war and terrorism.
Some refugees or internally displaced people have lived in refugee camps for years, others are living in apartments, houses, or even on the streets temporarily or permanently.
“In the Becca Valley area, many of these families, and these children, and the parents are literally living in tents in refugee camps. Some of them have been able to move outside of the refugee camp because there can be some safety issues in the camp,” Klooster says.
“But they still [are] very limited in their resources, educational and otherwise, whether they’re living in the camp or outside of them.”
For many refugees who have been settled in one area for years, they have stopped looking at the present as much as they had when they were initially forced to flee, and have started looking to the future – their future and their children’s future.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Lindsay Steele