June 16, 2017 15:22

World Refugee Day 2017: stories from around the world

On the occasion of World Refugee Day on 20 June, we tell the stories of some of the refugees and displaced people that are supported by our members.

Never before have so many people been displaced as they have now. According to figures from the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), 65.6 million people worldwide are forcibly displaced, and 22.5 million are refugees. The numbers have been rising for the past five years. Despite this staggering need, only 189,300 refugees were resettled in 2016. On the occasion of World Refugee Day on June, we seize the opportunity to tell some of their stories. 

Stay tuned, as we will be posting new stories from our members and the refugees they work with over the next week.

- Drought turns us into refugees in our own country.  The story of Yurub Abdilahi from Somaliland, contributed by our member Welthungerhilfe. 

- Theatre and Integration. Waleed had to leave his life in Syria behind to flee the war, but through theatre he's building a new life in Lebanon. This story was contributed by our member Cesvi. 

- I lost my son in the airstrike. Our members from People In Need share the story of Mohamed, who had to flee from his home town of Aleppo, Syria. 

- We spend all our money on our sick little son. Sergey and his family had to leave their home town due to the conflict in Easter Ukraine. Their story is told to us by our member People in Need. 

- Aayan is internally dispaced. Our member Concern Worldwide tells us why she had to leave her home town in Somalia.