The refugee crisis is at an all-time high, with nearly 60 million people who have been displaced worldwide according to the UNHCR – the highest number since World War Two. It’s prompted the United Nations to convene its first-ever World Humanitarian Summit (held May 23-24 in Turkey). Number 1 of 7 core commitments is political leadership to prevent and end conflicts that are the leading cause of displacement.
In Syria, more than 50% of its population is currently displaced due to war. One-in-every-two of those crossing the Mediterranean this year – half a million people – were Syrians escaping the conflict in their country, notes Amnesty International.
Neighbouring countries such as Lebanon struggle to accommodate the large number of Syrian refugees in their midst – now estimated to be 1 in 5 people in Lebanon. It’s overwhelming but God is working a miracle in the crisis. June 20 is World Refugee Day, to commemorate the strength, courage, and resilience of millions of refugees. Read more on how CBM and local churches are responding.