Current levels of displacement are some of the highest ever recorded. Worldwide, there are 68.5 million people who have been forced out of their homes (with an estimated 34,000 people displaced per day). While the majority of forced migrants remain in their home countries, 25.5 million have been forced to flee and seek refuge in other countries. Over half of these refugees are under the age of 18. Developing countries house 85% of the world refugees.
Refugees are vulnerable and in need, and are often misunderstood and maligned, they have very little or nothing of their posessions and little food, as they have had to leave their homes with nothing or with only what they can carry. They suffer cold, hunger, trauma, despair, disease, violence and loss. As refugee families realize they may never return home, they face an overwhelming loss of hope.
World Refugee Day is a way to broaden public understanding of refugees and raiseing support and help.
Rwanda has been welcoming refugees for over two decades. As of 31 December 2019, there are 148,848 refugees individually registered in Rwanda. Refugees are made of two main groups: 76,266 individuals from the Democratic Republic of Congo (50.9%) living in a prolonged situation (up to 23 years) and 73,332 individuals from Burundi (48.9%) who began fleeing to Rwanda in April 2015 following election-related insecurity.
“Refugees didn’t just escape a place. They had to escape a thousand memories until they’d put enough time and distance between them and their misery to wake to a better day.” — Nadia Hashimi
Across the world, both governmental and non-governmental agencies, work tirelessly to help refugees, but with people being made refugees daily, more help and awareness is constantly needed, to ensure that refugees are treated fairly, provided for, and resettled, rather than being neglected or shunned, World Refugee Day highlights all of this.
“Refugees are women and men, boys and girls who are no different than our own family members and friends. Each of them has a name, a face, and a story, as well as an inalienable right to live in peace and to aspire to a better future for their sons and daughters.” –– Pope Francis
When we educate refugee children, we give them a chance to contribute to their communities and reduce their vulnerability to human trafficking. When we help parents provide for their families, we reduce the likelihood that they will turn to child labor or early child marriage. Supporting refugees also helps diminish the strain on host communities. -UNHCR
Every refugee is made in the image of God.
Impact Hope provides support, education and durable solutions for students as they were tragically displaced from their homes due to violence and persecution. “A refugee is someone who survived and who can create the future.” – Amela Koluder
Help us find sponsors for each one of the precious young refugees! SPONSOR A STUDENT
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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! ~The Impact Hope Team
$50 a month can send a refugee to boarding school.