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The number of people fleeing war, persecution and conflict exceeded 70 million globally last year. Churches worldwide will celebrate World Refugee Sunday on June 23.
Several faith organizations are working together to help the Venezuelan refugees. Three million Venezuelans have left their country in the last year. “This is the biggest refugee crisis in South America”, the UN says.
There have been repeated raids on churches by the Luhansk People's Republic. Authorities announced the ban of the “destructive activity of the extremist Ukrainian Union of Evangelical Churches”.
Around 4,000 left Honduras to find a better life in Mexico and the US. World Vision calls for “a joint action between churches, civil society, companies and authorities to provide humanitarian aid”.
Christians need to face the crisis with maturity and without getting carried away by political preferences.
Globally, some 65 million people have been displaced this year, roughly equivalent to Britain’s whole population.
Former Prime Minister of Portugal will be the next UN Secretary General. During his time as UN High Commissioner for Refugees, he always defended the importance of faith organisations´work.
Many citizens offer their spare rooms and home offices to refugees. A photo series produced by the UNHCR.
A 2012 UNHCR document by António Guterres already highlighted the central role faith-based organisations play in “making solutions sustainable by helping refugees integrate in their new communities.”
Most of the people came via Greece, which took in more than 820,000 people this year. Half of them were Syrians.
In all, more than 650,000 refugees and migrants have crossed the Mediterranean to Europe this year and at least 3,135 have died en route, according to UNHCR.
“Refugees are desperate and try to go to countries where they believe Human Rights are respected”, said UNHRC spokesperson María Jesús Vega in a interview. Summer will be a very critical season.
A UNHCR report explained how Europe is living through a maritime refugee crisis of historic proportions.