5 Incredible Women Helping Refugees and How You Can, Too
It's no coincidence that the UNHCR's Global Trends Forced Displacement in 2015 report was released just days before World Refugee Day on Monday.
This striking report outlined the number of forcibly displaced individuals around the globe and highlights that it has reached a record-high of 65.3 million people classified as refugees worldwide due to "persecution, conflict, generalized violence, or human rights violations."
"If these 65.3 million persons were a nation," the report states, "they would make up the 21st largest in the world." Further breaking down the number to show that 21.3 million of those displaced in 2015 were refugees, 40.8 million were internally displaced, and the remaining 3.2 million were seeking asylum.
These numbers translate to roughly 24 people per minute per day for the 365 days of 2015 and with these statistics spelled out, it is impossible to ignore the fact that refugees need our help in order to survive. Here's how you can help (and no, you don't have to take in a family in order to do so):
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a team that helps "restore safety, dignity, and hope to people whose lives have been uprooted by war and disaster." With 26 offices across the United States, each offers various volunteer opportunities year-round.
Additionally, you can also go overseas and volunteer.
If you Google search "donate to refugees," there are about a dozen or more organizations in which you can make donations for refugees in every country. A few of them? Unicef, Save the Children, or the UNHCR.
Click through the slideshow above to see how others like you are helping.
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