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Global Refugee Crisis

More than 65 million people worldwide are refugees or displaced people… nearly 50 million of those refugees are children.

These refugees desperately need your help. Their reasons for fleeing home are different, but the essentials they need to survive are similar. They need food and water to stay healthy. They need medical care they can rely on. You can be the person to provide these lifesaving essentials today.

Every $35 you give will provide a refugee with $189 worth of emergency supplies such as healthy meals, clean water, medical supplies, hygiene kits, and clothing.

Global Refugee Map

Syria

5.6 million refugees

There are more refugees from Syria than any other country. Civil war and terrorism has driven 5.6 million people from their homes.

A refugee in Syria suffers from:
  • Trauma
  • Exposures to extreme heat and cold
  • Lack of resources such as clothes, blankets, and education
Jordan

740,000 refugees

This country has one of the world’s highest refugee populations. It hosts more than 650,000 million people from Syria alone.

A refugee in Jordan suffers from:
  • Trauma
  • An uncertain future due to political instability
  • Exposure to extreme heat and cold
Iraq

3 million refugees

Widespread violence driven by the rise of ISIS has displaced more than 3 million people.

A refugee in Iraq suffers from:
  • Trauma
  • Malnutrition and sickness
  • Exposure to extreme heat & cold
  • Extreme poverty
South Sudan

2.5 million refugees

Political fighting, tribal warfare, and extreme famines have forced more than 2.5 million people to seek refuge in neighboring countries.

A refugee in South Sudan suffers from:
  • Trauma
  • Loss of family stability
  • Malnutrition and sickness
  • Extreme poverty
Uganda

1.4 million refugees

Uganda is currently hosting the highest number of refugees in the country’s history. It hosts more than 1 million people from South Sudan alone.

A refugee in Uganda suffers from:
  • Trauma
  • Malnutrition and sickness
  • Lack of education
  • Lack of resources such as clothes, blankets, and clean water
Macedonia

800,000 refugees

Over the past several years, as many as 800,000 refugees passed through Macedonia. Most were fleeing violence in the Middle East.

A refugee in Macedonia suffers from:
  • Trauma
  • An uncertain future due to border closings
  • Lack of education
  • Lack of resources such as clothes, blankets, and clean water
Central African Republic

582,000 refugees

Rebel violence has displaced more than 687,000 people inside the CAR and driven 582,000 more out of the country.

A refugee in Central African Republic suffers from:
  • Trauma
  • Violence
  • Lack of food, clean water, and basic resources
  • Extreme poverty
Nigeria

2.4 million refugees

Notorious terrorist groups like Boko Haram have terrorized Christians and driven 2.4 million people from their homes.

A refugee in Nigeria suffers from:
  • Trauma
  • Loss of family stability
  • Lack of food, clean water, and education
  • Extreme poverty
Greece

58,000 refugees

This nation has served as a middle point for refugees escaping by sea. More than 58,000 people are currently living in Greek refugee settlements.

A refugee in Greece suffers from:
  • Trauma
  • An uncertain future due to border closings
  • Lack of food and other basic resources
  • Extreme poverty
Ukraine

2 million refugees

Political conflict and militant violence over the past several years have displaced more than 2 million people from their homes.

A refugee in Ukraine suffers from:
  • Trauma
  • Extreme poverty
  • Ongoing violence
  • An uncertain future
Turkey

3.5 million refugees

Turkey hosts more than 3.5 million refugees — more than any other country in the world. Most have come from Syria.

A refugee in Turkey suffers from:
  • Discrimination
  • Lack of education
  • Exteme poverty
Venezuela

1.5 million refugees

Food is scarce in Venezuela after the collapse of the economy. Many are fleeing the country to avoid starvation.

A refugee in Venezuela suffers from:
  • Malnutrition and sickness
  • Lack of food, clean water, and basic resources
  • Extreme poverty

Meet Yusef:

Living As A Refugee

Yusef has been a refugee for as long as he can remember. His family fled from Syria when he was just a baby, and a crowded refugee camp has been his home ever since. But you can help provide hope to someone like Yusef. Watch the video to learn how.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between a refugee, an internally displaced person, and a migrant?
The U.N. defines a refugee as someone who has been forced to flee his country because of persecution, war, or violence. An internally displaced person (IDP) is someone who has fled his home but is still living in the same country, often in a refugee camp. A migrant is anyone who changes his home country for any reason.

If conflict has ended where they live, why haven’t refugees returned home?
While much of the fighting in places like Iraq is less intense than it was a year or two ago, the refugee crisis is certainly not over. Families have nothing to return to. Their homes, schools, businesses, and entire communities have been reduced to rubble. Families want to return home and rebuild, but it will be some time until these cities are inhabitable again.

Why can’t refugees’ countries help them? Why do they need our help?
The biggest problem is that violence, famine, and other causes of the refugee crisis don’t just destroy people’s homes. They destroy crops, businesses, and entire industries. They cause a nation’s economy to collapse and throw the government into chaos. Although many countries try to care for their displaced, they simply do not have the means.

How does my $35 provide $189 worth of food and aid?
Your gift is combined with grants and relief supplies donated by generous corporations to provide the greatest amount of aid possible. That means every dollar you give goes further and rescues more people with help for today and hope for tomorrow.

What supplies do refugees need the most?
The most urgent needs are food, clean water, and medicine. In some camps, a refugee family’s monthly ration of food lasts only two weeks. Community water sources are often contaminated. And living in crowded conditions means disease spreads quickly. If left untreated, simple illnesses can quickly turn deadly. Your donation can literally save lives.

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Global Refugee Map

Syria

5.6 million refugees

There are more refugees from Syria than any other country. Civil war and terrorism has driven 5.6 million people from their homes.

A refugee in Syria suffers from:
  • Trauma
  • Exposures to extreme heat and cold
  • Lack of resources such as clothes, blankets, and education
Jordan

740,000 refugees

This country has one of the world’s highest refugee populations. It hosts more than 650,000 million people from Syria alone.

A refugee in Jordan suffers from:
  • Trauma
  • An uncertain future due to political instability
  • Exposure to extreme heat and cold
Iraq

3 million refugees

Widespread violence driven by the rise of ISIS has displaced more than 3 million people.

A refugee in Iraq suffers from:
  • Trauma
  • Malnutrition and sickness
  • Exposure to extreme heat & cold
  • Extreme poverty
South Sudan

2.5 million refugees

Political fighting, tribal warfare, and extreme famines have forced more than 2.5 million people to seek refuge in neighboring countries.

A refugee in South Sudan suffers from:
  • Trauma
  • Loss of family stability
  • Malnutrition and sickness
  • Extreme poverty
Uganda

1.4 million refugees

Uganda is currently hosting the highest number of refugees in the country’s history. It hosts more than 1 million people from South Sudan alone.

A refugee in Uganda suffers from:
  • Trauma
  • Malnutrition and sickness
  • Lack of education
  • Lack of resources such as clothes, blankets, and clean water
Macedonia

800,000 refugees

Over the past several years, as many as 800,000 refugees passed through Macedonia. Most were fleeing violence in the Middle East.

A refugee in Macedonia suffers from:
  • Trauma
  • An uncertain future due to border closings
  • Lack of education
  • Lack of resources such as clothes, blankets, and clean water
Central African Republic

582,000 refugees

Rebel violence has displaced more than 687,000 people inside the CAR and driven 582,000 more out of the country.

A refugee in Central African Republic suffers from:
  • Trauma
  • Violence
  • Lack of food, clean water, and basic resources
  • Extreme poverty
Nigeria

2.4 million refugees

Notorious terrorist groups like Boko Haram have terrorized Christians and driven 2.4 million people from their homes.

A refugee in Nigeria suffers from:
  • Trauma
  • Loss of family stability
  • Lack of food, clean water, and education
  • Extreme poverty
Greece

58,000 refugees

This nation has served as a middle point for refugees escaping by sea. More than 58,000 people are currently living in Greek refugee settlements.

A refugee in Greece suffers from:
  • Trauma
  • An uncertain future due to border closings
  • Lack of food and other basic resources
  • Extreme poverty
Ukraine

2 million refugees

Political conflict and militant violence over the past several years have displaced more than 2 million people from their homes.

A refugee in Ukraine suffers from:
  • Trauma
  • Extreme poverty
  • Ongoing violence
  • An uncertain future
Turkey

3.5 million refugees

Turkey hosts more than 3.5 million refugees — more than any other country in the world. Most have come from Syria.

A refugee in Turkey suffers from:
  • Discrimination
  • Lack of education
  • Exteme poverty
Venezuela

1.5 million refugees

Food is scarce in Venezuela after the collapse of the economy. Many are fleeing the country to avoid starvation.

A refugee in Venezuela suffers from:
  • Malnutrition and sickness
  • Lack of food, clean water, and basic resources
  • Extreme poverty