17 Oct 2014
Fifty million people in the world today have been forcefully displaced from their home — a level not seen since WWII. Right now, more than three million Syrian refugees are seeking shelter in neighbouring countries. In Lebanon, half of these refugees are children; only 20% are in school. With wars going on continuously, the average time that a refugee will spend in exile is 17 years. On a global scale, every day 32,000 people will be displaced from their homes on average. Most refugees, 86%, live in the developing world.
Melissa Fleming of the UN's refugee agency calls on the world to make sure that refugee camps are healing places where people can develop the skills they’ll need to rebuild their hometowns.