World Refugee Day, June 20
#IDidntAsk to be a refugee
Wherever home ends up being, our refugee brothers and sisters deserve a chance.
The UN Refugee Agency and UNHCR report that by the close of 2017, 70.8 million individuals were forcibly displaced worldwide due to persecution, conflict, violence, or violations of human rights violations. That was an increase of 2.3 million people from the previous year. The forcibly displaced population remains at a worldwide, record hide. Here’s UNHCR’s breakdown:
- There are 25.9 million refugees in the world—the highest ever
- There are 41.3 million internally displaced people
- There are 3.5 million asylum-seekers
Every single one of those people has an individual story and an astonishing bravery that pushes them to survive. And the choice to leave home is excruciating—it’s dangerous, it’s unfamiliar, it’s scary. Refugees leave their homes and their entire livelihoods behind because not doing so isn’t an option. They don’t ask to leave; the decision is forced. They didn’t ask to be refugees.
Aid for Refugees
Islamic Relief USA has worked to provide humanitarian aid for refugees since our founding 25 years ago—from Bosnian refugees in Europe, to Kosovars settling in the United States in the late 1990s, to Syrians in numerous countries today.
In 2019, Islamic Relief USA donors are continuing to help millions of refugees like the more than 3 million refugees and displaced families they helped in 2018 across 13 countries, including the United States. This humanitarian aid included food, water, shelter, winter supplies, medical care, education, medicine and medical supplies, and sanitation necessities like bathrooms and soap. For refugees in more stable conditions, IRUSA donors offer livelihood support like access to education, self-sufficiency programs, and job skills training. Here in the United States, we support programs that offer shelter and help refugees integrate and find jobs. And during Ramadan, refugees in certain host countries receive donations of Ramadan food boxes to help supplement their food supplies.
This is just a start. We need to do more together.
IRUSA Ranked for its Work for Refugees
IRUSA is listed on the Center for International Disaster Information site for its work helping refugees in need. See the full list here.
InterAction has listed IRUSA as a charity of choice for helping refugees in need. See the full list here.