June 20 was designated World Refugee Day several years ago, and in 2016, 65.3 million people are considered refugees, which is the largest count since WWII. Due to rising conflict in the Middle East and ISIS’ intent to destroy Christians and non-Muslims, the world now has over 65 million people who have been displaced from their homes and have nowhere to go, according to statistics released by the United Nations.
Unfortunately, many countries have no desire to help them, especially displaced Christians from the Middle East. One reason is because many fear that ISIS members are disguising themselves in order to get into countries so they can claim jihad and kill innocent people in their quest for power.
The Christian Post reported on World Refugee Day 2016 and described some of the plights that refugees are facing. Christian relief groups and humanitarian organizations around the world marked the day by sharing stories and experiences of refugees who have been forced to survive conditions that people in the U. S. cannot imagine. They are given little to no provisions and have to abide in harsh environments in addition to the horror of being forced from their homes by militant extremists and war. Some have seen family members killed and most suffer from PTSD.
The children’s charity World Vision released a “refugee mom’s to-do list” in which one refugee mother said that when her children dozed off, they have nightmares about what they have seen and experienced. That mother also describes the horrible moment she and her children found her husband’s body.
“My husband was killed when our farm was bombed a few months ago. My three kids and I found his body. I feel so helpless to protect and comfort them because I know they can never un-see what they’ve seen.”
The Christian Post article says that the 65.3 million displaced people included internally displaced migrants at the end of 2015, which was an increase of five million since 2014. That means one in every 113 people on the planet is either a refugee or displaced migrant. Almost half of the current world refugee population come from Syria, Afghanistan, and Somalia, and most refugees are being hosted by Turkey, Pakistan, and Lebanon. In 2015, over a million refugees who were fleeing war and terrorism in Iraq and Syria traveled into Europe, which caused intense border control policy debates all over the continent. Further uproar was caused when ISIS terrorists attacked Paris last year.
Filippo Grandi, the UN chief of the refugee situation, said that with the rising humanitarian need of helping these displaced refugees, a rise in xenophobia against refugees has also occurred.
“Those who do the opposite, who stir up public opinion against refugees and migrants, have a responsibility in creating a climate of xenophobia that is very worrying in today’s Europe.”
In observance of World Refugee Day, according to the Christian Post, World Vision implored that it is important to remember the children and families who are in need of help.
“During a protracted crisis, it is important to ensure children still have access to education. After all, if children are the future, they must be able to read and write. However, less than two percent of emergency response funding goes toward education.”
Open Doors, a group that focuses on Christian persecution around the world, notes that terror groups such as the Islamic State and other extremists have been driving Christians out of their homes by the millions. For example, there were two million Christians in Iraq in 2003, but only thousands remain there today. It is determined that 7.6 million Christians are part of the displaced refugee population since extremists started their terror campaign in Syria. ISIS admits that its goal is to drive out all Christians and non-Muslims from the region in order to establish a Caliphate in the area.
What will it take to ensure that the world population of refugees will find homes and end the nightmare they are living and enduring right now?
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