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.
Photo Credit: Getty Images/Mohd Samsul Mohd Said
Malala Yousefzai and Muzoon Almellehan Where: United Kingdom Despite being unable to have an education while living in a refugee camp in Jordan, Muzoon Almhellehan never lost her love for learning. Not even after fleeing from her hometown in Daraa, Syria. Following her displacement, Muzoon began vocalizing the importance of education for refugee children, eventually earning her the nickname "the Malala of Syria" (after Malala Yousefzai whom she earned the nickname actually being a friend of hers). After some time in Jordan, the UNHCR sent her and her family to England, where she has continued her education. Her fight, however, has not stopped for other refugees. Photo Credit: Reuters/Darren Staples
Marijana Savic Where: Serbia Marijana Savic, Founder and Director of NGO Atina, works to combat human trafficking amongst women and children and has since begun focusing largely on refugees. "We listen to these women because nobody else does. I believe we can all make a difference in the world. What we need is a shift in people's way of thinking..." Savic told Al Jazeera adding, "Because whenever there's a disaster, it's the women that suffer most." Photo Credit: Al Jazeera/Mona van den Berg
Roula Aboukhodoud Where: Calgary, Canada After immigrating from Lebanon to Canada, Roula Aboukhodoud discovered what it felt like to be alone in a new place. Despite having to spend much of her time with her son who has Down Syndrome, she continues to volunteer with the Calgary Syrian Refugee Support Group where she drives families to-and-from doctors appointments, translates for them, offers them nourishment, and often just listens so they don't feel alone. Photo Credit: Metro News/Jennifer Friesen
Youngae Ma Where: New Jersey, USA A North Korean refugee who fled the state around 1998 and now a citizen of the United States, Youngae Ma currently sells Pyongyang sausage in New Jersey in order to help fund her mission of saving other defectors from oppression in North Korea. Photo Credit: NBC/Youngae Ma
Jeanette Everson Where: Ireland Jeanette Everson opened up the two spare bedrooms in her home to refugees wondering, "What if it was my son?" In fact, Everson is just one of the hundreds of Irish individuals who have opened their doors to refugees. Photo Credit: APX/James Flynn