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No Country for Refugees!

  • Akshay Rane
  • September 25, 2017
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Every night, end of the day, most of us make a small prayer to the almighty. Be it a bigger house, better lifestyle or a vehicle; we all pray for something. While we pray for better comforts in life, there are lakhs across the world, who pray for a place, they can call their own!

Yes, we are talking about the Refugees spread across the world. While we sit in our homes, complain about the creaky noises our ceiling fans make, the refugees find shelter in a straw hut or a recently bombed-down building, reduced to rubbles.

While we complain of the state transport, refugees in many parts of the world lose their lives swimming across rivers and oceans, just to escape war. This is the sorry state of the world that we live in.

There are lakhs dispersed, countless gone missing, who lead a difficult, dangerous life and are unsure if they can last long enough to see tomorrow.

To give you a rough estimate:

As of December 2015, there were 65.3 million displaced people, according to a report from the UN-refugee agency. It’s the first time in the organization’s history the number has surpassed 60 million — and represents a nearly 10 percent increase over last year’s total, of 59.5 million.

According to a new report from the United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, 65.6 million people are currently living as refugees or as displaced persons inside their own countries. This includes 10.3 million people who were uprooted from their homes in 2016.

This is a worrying fact, considering that, many have turned in to refugees in their own countries.

Syria – The home of the Refugees

Compared to rest of the countries, Syria continues to be the major contributing factor to this infamous statistics. The never-ending war in Syria has resulted in to the displacement of 12 million people, inside Syria. 10.3 million Out of these, were uprooted from their homes in 2016 alone.

South Sudan

Syria is closely followed by South Sudan, where around 7, 40,000 fled the country due to the civil war.

There are now 1.4 million South Sudanese refugees abroad, along with 1.9 million internally displaced people.

The Bidi – Bidi Camp – World’s largest refugee camp

Sudan’s neighbor – Uganda – has been gracious enough to accept Sudanese refugees in hoards of thousands, over the past few years. A little known fact – The Bidi Bidi camp in Uganda is today the largest refugee camp in the world giving shelter to over 2,70,000 South Sudanese.

Here are more shocking facts related to refugees around the world:

A high percentage of refugees are kids!

Believe it or not! More than half of the refugees around the world are under the age of 18. This is indeed worrying, considering that children make up 31 percent of the world’s population.

Kids are fleeing alone

 The haunting picture of little Syrian boy’s body washed on the shores is still clear in everyone’s minds. The image of that cute child who was yet to see and experience this world is enough to send shivers down anyone’s spine.

According to the UNHCR, 75,000 children applied for asylum as unaccompanied minors in 2016, alone. Most of these kids were from Afghanistan and Syria.

Germany was the country, which received a large number of requests accounting to 35,900 in all.

 Turkey, Pakistan followed by Germany!

Turkey is one nation that has played host to hoards of refugees, globally, 3 million to be precise; followed by Pakistan. Both these countries fall under the low-income to middle-income segment. Germany is the only top-10 host nation, that has hosted over 6,69,500 refugees, and falls under the high-income category.

The curious case of internally displaced persons…

 The United Nations designates those who have been driven from their homes, but not crossed international borders as internally displaced persons. By the end of 2016, there were around 40.3 million, internally displaced exceeding the 25.3 million refugees. Mynamar’s Rohingya Muslims fall in to this bracket, considering that their own country failed to protect them in their homes.

On the other hand, Colombia has the largest number of internally displaced, owing to the decade-long conflict between FARC rebels and the Government.

Afghanistan and Somalia, the worst hit!

Years of unemployment, terrorist attacks and political instability have led to a massive migration from Afghanistan. To give you a figure – close to 1,000 Afghans flee their homes every day. Many flee to Iran and Pakistan, but huge numbers are crossing into Europe.


Drought, famine and ongoing conflict have forced millions of Somalians to flee their villages in destitute refugee camps. Over 6.2 million till date have fled from Somalia till 2016. If such conditions prevail, thousands of children will starve to death in the coming months.

Mercy Corps have been working in both countries, Afghanistan and Somalia, to provide food & shelter to those displaced within Afghanistan and Somalia.

The list keeps on growing… Rohingyas

Lakhs of Rohingyas have been internally displaced, post-conflict with the Mynamar Government in the Rakhine province of Mynamar. At least, 40,000 illegal Rohingya refugees are expected to be deported soon by the Indian Government. While Bangladesh is currently providing refuge to the fleeing Rohingyas, it is a temporary abode to the Rohingya Muslims.

Similarly, illegal Bangaladeshi immigrants too have taken up asylum in India since many years. Owing to poor living conditions back home, Bangladeshi immigrants had to flee their homes to find better opportunities in the neighboring country.

Why should the world be worried about the increasing number of Refugees?

Millions of displaced refugees are easy prey to terrorist activities and groups. They are potential employees for terrorist groups who are always on the prowl for new recruits who have nothing to lose. Reports of (unverified reports) terrorist groups recruiting Rohingya Muslims are already doing the rounds. Similarly, Taliban has also recruited hoards of young Afghanistanis. Large-scale famine and starvation has already driven Somalis to take up piracy in deep, unchartered oceans.

How long can the world-Superpowers turn a blind eye to the root cause of nefarious activities and terrorism? How long can the refugees survive without generous help from the Government in the aforementioned affected regions?

These facts and statistics are a wake-up call to Governments all across the world.

The Superpowers should at least intervene on humanitarian grounds to play an instrumental role in helping the refugees and thus saving mankind.

We would love to hear your views on the ever-increasing refugee crisis that has affected even India, up to a large extent. Share your views in the comments section below!


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