South Sudanese refugee children look up as a truck pumps water into a reservoir on top of a water tower, in a section of the sprawling complex of mud-brick houses and tents that makes up the Bidi Bidi refugee settlement in northern Uganda. Bidi Bidi is now the world’s largest refugee settlement holding some of those who fled the civil war in South Sudan.
The UNHCR released their latest report on global displacement. There are now 65.3 million refugees or displaced people worldwide, a nearly 10 percent increase over the past year. Right now, there are nearly 65.3 million refugees or displaced people worldwide, according to the latest UNHCR report. If all of the world’s refugees were the population of a country, it would be the 24th largest in the world, just after Italy.
Half of the world’s refugees are children, growing up far from home without consistent education, safety or emotional support. Where do these displaced people live? Where do the go? We know that a huge proportion of the world’s refugees are fleeing war-torn Syria, but other people around the world are forced from their homes every day for a variety of reasons — violence, natural disaster or economic collapse.