In the time it took you to read this sentence, three people were forced to abandon everything and flee their homes in search of safety. Today, war, violence, and persecution is driving more people from their homes than ever before. There are 70.8 million forcibly displaced people worldwide. And tens of thousands of people are fleeing for their lives every day.
“It’s difficult to ask for help. When your child is sick and you can’t afford medicine, or when a day passes by where your kids tell you that they’re hungry, but you don’t have enough money to cook for them or give them anything to eat. This is very difficult. I can endure it, but my children can’t…”
Noura, Syrian refugee mother living in Lebanon.
We are at a watershed and we desperately need your help. We have stretched our resources to help more people than ever before. Today our lifesaving work is extended to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are working closely with governments and partners to ensure that refugees are included in both national and international responses.
The lives of refugees are severely affected by the lockdown, economic downturn and price hike. In Lebanon, for example, around 78% of refugees reported having difficulties in buying food due to lack of money, and 70% had to reduce their food consumption, while 93% of Syrian refugee families have sank further into debt.