In the year 2021, as today marks the date of World Refugee Day, we recall the following information, which states that more than 8% of the world's refugees are Syrians.
Stories, not numbers!
Until 2021, nearly 80 million people around the world have left their homes under duress, 26 million of them are refugees, and nearly half of them are minors under the age of eighteen, while the number of Syrian refugees has exceeded 13 million. According to the statistics of neighboring countries, 5.5 million refugees are now living there, and the rest are scattered all over the world. Due to forced displacement, at least one out of every 100 people suffers from accessing their basic rights.
Out of the 6.7 million people who left their homes, about 1.8 million internally displaced people live in informal camps, most of whom are deprived of their basic rights. It is worth noting that 66% of those refugees are women and children.
What is the situation of the Syrian refugees?
According to the United Nations: 6 million internally displaced Syrians are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, considering the repeated displacements in northern Syria, economic difficulties, the spread of informal camps, water and sanitation crisis, and many other factors that worsen the situation.
According to the United Nations: 6 million internally displaced Syrians are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, considering the repeated displacements in northern Syria, economic difficulties, the spread of informal camps, water and sanitation crisis, and many other factors that worsen the situation. The World Food Program indicated that 12.4 million Syrians suffer from food insecurity, which is considered a real disaster especially with the risk of closing the border crossings through where the relief convoys pass.which is considered a real disaster especially with the risk of closing the border، crossings through where the relief convoys pass.
An unrecognized legal right!
Each year on June 20, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees celebrates World Refugee Day، highlighting their issues to support and advocate for them. According to the United Nations Charter, Refugees have the right to work, access to education and adequate housing, the right to obtain relief and public assistance, the right to practice religious rites and freedom of movement within the territory of the host country, as well as the right to obtain identity cards and travel documents.
But do refugees really obtain these rights?
According to the UNHCR, nine out of ten refugees in Lebanon are living in severe poverty due to the fact that they have lost their jobs during the Corona pandemic, while 60% of refugees in Jordan are living below the poverty line.
This issue did not only affect the economic situation (whether inside or outside Syria), but also affected education. According to the aforementioned source, 2.4 million children are out of school, and 1.6 million children are at the risk of facing the same faith.
As for their right to obtain proper medical care, it is not always achievable in northern Syria due to the direct targeting of hospitals and health care centers by the Assad regime and its allies.
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