As 70m flee conflict and oppression, Theirworld brings hope to refugee children on Greek islands

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019
As 70m flee conflict and oppression, Theirworld brings hope to refugee children on Greek islands

Author: relifweb.int | 19 June 2019

On the eve of World Refugee Day, a record number of people have been forcibly displaced - but a new project will deliver education to children from war-torn countries.

Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, the global refugee crisis has deepened. For the sixth year in a row, the number of people forcibly displaced from their homes by conflicts, violence and persecutions has risen - to another record high of 70.8 million.

That's a massive increase on the 43.3 million total in 2009. There are now 25.9 million refugees, 41.3 million displaced in their own countries and 3.5 million asylum seekers (those waiting for refugee status).

Over half of them are children and adolescents under 18 - many of them out of school and at risk of child labour, early marriage, exploitation and recruitment by armed forces. Read more>>>