With only one week left for the world to commemorate World Refugee Day (June 20), the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) revealed yesterday that an average of 2400 families are forced to flee war or conflict somewhere every day in the world.
In countries such as Syria and the Democratic Republic of Congo, where years of war and political instability have had a devastating impact on already destitute populations, especially women and children, the number of refugees and IDPs (internal displaced people) continues to increase, while resources to carry for these vulnerable people keep decreasing.
One of these women is Hala, a weeping Syrian mother who the UN said crossed into Jordan with her eight children and sisters, terrified, exhausted and hungry.
“We are all just so exhausted,” Hala was quoted by the UN refugee agency as saying. “My children are hungry and tired. We haven’t had enough food for weeks and they have all seen more than they should. I worry for them. I worry for my country.”
Hala’s youngest child, Hiba, is only six months-old. More than half the refugees fleeing are children struggling with basic survival, the agency said.
The UN refugee agency launched a desperate plea to Good Samaritans by setting up a personal fundraising page to raise the US$670 it costs provide emergency assistance (a mattress, blankets, a cooking stove and a tent) to a family like Hala’s.
By simply creating your very own personalised fundraising page you are able to raise awareness of World Refugee Day amongs all your friends, family and colleagues, and to easily collect donations necessary to protect these families in need, the UNHCR said.
Please take one minute to help support a family forced to flee, the refugee agency said.
Photo by UNCHR. A Syrian woman weeps in agony and emotion as she steps into Jordan