are forcibly displaced every year
Being forcibly displaced from your home is not easy. It is coloured with no choice, where the affected are in flight to shelter themselves from calamity, war, persecution, and destruction. There exists an increasing trend of the number of people displaced each year. In 2017, this number was 70.8M globally. In 2019, the UNHCR reported the number to be 86.5M. Every second one of these is a child - a lot of them have lost their parents, and are forced to survive alone.
Consequences of being forcibly displaced
Reduced access to food increases malnutrition. Overcrowding, lack of sanitation in standard camps and lack of medical facilities increases the prevalence of communicable diseases.
Inability to pursue former work, leading to unemployment and a significant drop in income.
Displaced children are obliged to earn an income, reducing their chances of more secure employment through education.
Poor housing conditions put people at risk of discrimination, exploitation, abuse or violence. Women are at a higher risk of sexual violence.
Housing and Infrastructure
Loss of assets and most material possessions. Many a time, their houses are entirely destroyed in the process.
Environment and Social Life
Separation from home, family and friends significantly impacts mental health. It widens pre-existing disparities, harming social cohesion.