- Over half the population of Russia was homeless?
- Everyone in the U.K. were forced to flee and leave an empty nation behind them?
- Every last person in the states of California, New York and Pennsylvania had to leave their lives and the communities they built?
Nearly 80 million people around the world are displaced from their homes. More than a third of the world’s displaced population (i.e. 26 million people) have been forced to flee their countries entirely, and become refugees. Over half of those refugees come from just five countries:
Syria: 6.6 million refugees
The Syrian conflict has created one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time, and now, in one of the most fragile regions of the country, the first cases of COVID‑19 have been confirmed. The Syria crisis has accelerated more dramatically than any crisis on earth, and Syrians continue to be the largest forcibly displaced population in the world.
Afghanistan: 2.7 million refugees
Decades of ongoing conflict, political instability, drought and economic chaos have left Afghanistan as one of the world’s poorest and most unstable nations. As of 2018, over half of people displaced by conflict in Afghanistan have been displaced at least twice, compared to just 7 percent five years before.
South Sudan: 2.2 million refugees
Political conflict, compounded by economic disasters and drought, has caused massive displacement, raging violence and dire food shortages. In addition, over 7 million people (~⅔ of the population), are in need of aid
Myanmar: 1.0 million refugees
More than 742,000 Rohingya fled to southeast Bangladesh when violence erupted in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State in 2017. Before the crisis, Bangladesh was already wrestling with its own humanitarian challenges, and hosting ~212,000 Rohingya who had escaped Myanmar during earlier periods of persecution.
Somalia: 0.9 million refugees
Decades of conflict, drought and flooding have driven nearly 1 million Somalis to live in destitute refugee camps, while some 2.6 million people remain displaced within the country. In early 2020, it was estimated that 1.2 million people face acute food insecurity.
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