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World Refugee Day 2019 | Mercy Corps

— By: The Team at Nau

World Refugee Day is dedicated to raising awareness of the situation of refugees throughout the world. Mercy Corps one of our Partners for Change has been focused on meeting the urgent needs of refugees around the world and addressing the drivers that force them to flee.

Rethinking the Refugee Crisis

In the time it takes to read this sentence, two more people were forcibly displaced from home. Only by confronting the drivers of conflict —poor governance, climate change, inequality —can we truly turn the tide and help refugees.

In South Sudan, Syria and beyond, the conflict has forced tens of millions of people to flee their homes in search of peace. Mercy Corps is working tirelessly to meet refugees’ urgent needs—but this widespread emergency is only the symptom of a larger problem.

Climate change is driving conflict in Nigeria—forcing tens of thousands to flee. Our partner, Mercy Corps is helping farmers and pastoralists work together to build peace and protect resources.

To solve the refugee crisis, we must focus on the conflicts that force people to flee. The rumble of violence starts long before a person faces the impossible choice of whether to stay or go: Governments fail. Inequality spreads. Weather grows erratic.

Many young Syrian refugees have only known war. Our partner, Mercy Corps is connecting youth with opportunities to stop the cycle of violence—and empower a generation that stands for peace.

This is where Mercy Corps is working to design new solutions. As we remember the millions of refugees who have risked it all to find safety, we ask you to join them to help build a world where no one else has to.

  • Before neighbors become rivals, let’s protect the resources they depend on.
  • Before a generation is lost to conflict, let’s connect them to opportunity.
  • Before violence erupts, let’s build a community of peacemakers.
  • Before refugees have a reason to flee, let’s build a world where no one has to.

Election violence has displaced over half a million people in Kenya. Our partner, Mercy Corps is helping young Kenyans start youth parliaments—giving them a voice to build peace.

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All photos courtesy of Mercy Corps.