Refugees & Displaced People

The tragedy of the refugee crisis grows everyday. But we can also grow compassion and action…

Our effect on our planet and one another has been unnecessarily destructive.  Millions risk their lives crossing seas, deserts and hazardous landscapes to find safety from war, oppression, and the effects of climate change. Entire families risk kidnapping, death, starvation and arrest. We must open our hearts to people who need to be seen, heard and given refuge. It is only when we feel compassion may we enact meaningful action.

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You can take simple or big actions to support refugees and displaced humans, and to do something about the contributors to this issue. Right here you’ll find so many ways to promote advocacy, protection and grow support for displaced people to help create a better world before it is too late.

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What is the refugee crisis and what causes people to be displaced?

68.5 million people (the highest level since WWII) are forcibly displaced from their homes right now around the world. This is no new development – over the course of history and all over the globe, people have been forced to leave their homes in order to save their lives from political, economic, religious and/or environmental struggles. Far from a simple explanation, the causes of forced displacement are politically and socially complex, as are the policies that seek to address the problem. Some important definitions include refugees, who are people forced to flee their home country because of persecution, war and/or violence, and internally displaced people, who are people forced to leave their home but still reside in their country.

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The fact that they are willing to risk not only their own lives, but those of their children, speaks to the sheer desperation of so many of them. Can you imagine being in that situation? Pause for a moment and think about it.

Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder the Jane Goodall Institute, UN Messenger of Peace
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