An all-time high: almost 80 million people worldwide have fled their homes. Wars, persecution, famine and natural disasters force people to leave their homes. Oftentimes, refugees have to live in inhumane conditions in refugee camps.
Help is committed to supporting displaced people around the world. Currently, we are providing emergency aid for refugees in Greece and Bosnia. In addition, we fight the causes of flight and aim to create perspectives. Donate now for our refugee relief worldwide!
The number of refugees worldwide is higher than ever before
A sad record on World Refugee Day June 20, 2020: 79.5 million people were on the run in the previous year. The number of refugees has almost doubled in the last ten years. Over half of them (46 million) are "internally displaced persons", meaning people on the run within their home country.
It is alarming that the majority of the refugees come from just five countries: Syria, Venezuela, Afghanistan, South Sudan and Myanmar make up 68 percent of the world's refugees, according to the United Nations. In Syria, a cruel civil war has been raging for years. Around 13 million Syrians were displaced from their homeland - 6.7 million of them had to leave the country. The Syrian refugees need water, food and medical care most urgently.
Experts assume that the number of refugees will continue to rise in the future. The climate crisis, in particular, is forcing more and more people to leave their homes as the number of droughts, floods and tropical storms is steadily increasing. By 2050, there will be an estimated 140 million climate refugees.
The corona pandemic is currently also threatening the livelihoods of many people: curfews threaten many people who are already poor to become even poorer. The loss of jobs and growing hunger could result in further conflicts and thus further refugee movements.
Supporting refugees around the world
Help is committing itself to refugees in many countries. Not only do we provide direct support to people, but we also fight the causes of flight. In acute situations we provide emergency aid and provide the refugees with food, water and medicine.
Help provides support to people who are fleeing worldwide. Presently, we are providing emergency aid for refugees on the Greek island of Lesvos, supporting families in Syrian refugee camps with hygiene kits and providing emergency aid for refugees in Burkina Faso. Currently, over a million people are on the run in Burkina Faso.
A humanitarian catastrophe is taking place on the external border of the European Union: several thousand refugees are awaiting in inhumane living conditions in Bosnia. Most of them live in tents, self-built huts or abandoned buildings on the Bosnian-Croatian border - without electricity, heating or running water. They are in dire need of support and need food, clothing and medical care.
Help delivers emergency aid and provides the refugees with relief supplies. Together with our local partner organization, we distribute hygiene packages, clothing, shoes and sleeping bags.
For years, countless refugee families have been living in terrible conditions on the Greek island of Lesvos. After the severe fire disaster in Moria, the situation is even more dramatic: over 12,000 people had no roof over their heads; food and clean water were scarce.
“I am 70 years old, I am chronically ill and I sleep on the street,” says a Syrian refugee.
Around 5,000 refugees have now been accommodated in emergency shelters, however the situation remains critical. Above all, the further spread of the coronavirus could have fatal consequences. In order to help quickly and effectively, we are supporting the emergency aid efforts of our long-term partner "Greek Council for Refugees". The Greek organization is active on Lesvos and distributes sleeping bags, hygiene kits and other relief supplies to people in need.
Burkina Faso is currently experiencing the worst humanitarian crisis in the country's history. Brutal attacks on entire villages have forced over a million people to flee. Those affected had to leave everything behind, some did not even have time to put on their shoes.
Help currently supports around 17,000 people: in addition to emergency accommodation and hygiene packages, Help hands out blankets, solar lamps and cooking utensils. Furthermore, the families receive cash to stimulate food self-sufficiency. The people in Burkina Faso are in urgent need of support.