November 2017: Refugee Crisis
There is a major crisis today with people being displaced from their homes for a variety of reasons causing a major refugee crisis across the globe. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) defines a refugee as, someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, violence, or natural disaster. This growing worldwide need has prompted World Vision to declare November 5th, 2017 as National Refugee Sunday in the hopes of raising money and awareness for these humanitarian crises.
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Did You Know?
- There are 65.6 million forcibly displaced people worldwide. (This includes both internally displaced people as well as refugees.)
- 22.5 million are refugees fleeing their home country, over half of whom are under the age of 18 years old.
- There are roughly 10 million stateless people in the world, meaning they have been denied citizenship of any nation and therefore have limited access to basic human rights.
- 28,300 people are forcibly displaced from their homes every day around the world, which amounts to nearly 20 people every minute.
- 55% of refugees worldwide come from three countries: South Sudan, Afghanistan, and Syria.
- In Syria roughly 12 million have been forced from their homes by civil war. Nearly six million have fled the country to surrounding countries and Europe, while another six million are still trying to survive in Syria.
- In East Africa conflict and violence have led to a significant crisis in South Sudan and Somalia with millions displaced coupled with a significant drought affecting neighboring Kenya and Ethiopia as well where 25 million people are in desperate need of food in these four countries alone.
- For the millions of displaced peoples that they may be safe and understand their identity as people made in the image of God, even as they experience the incredible pain, fear, and difficulty of fleeing their homes.
- For the unnecessary conflicts, wars, violence, and disasters causing these displacements to relent that the people may not be forced from their homes for wicked reasons.
- For all those individuals working with aid groups to get basic care and necessities to people experiencing displacement and in need.
- For wisdom and discernment for world leaders making decisions and policies that deeply impact this incredibly vulnerable group of people.
How Can You Help
- For ways to donate to World Vision and other faith based organizations that aid refugees visit: http://www.prayforrefugees.com/ .
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in…” Matthew 25:35 (NIV)
- From your FirstCov Social Concerns Ministry Team
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Sources: World Vision and UNHCR The UN Refugee Agency