Currently, every minute 31 people are forced out of their homes due to war, persecution, or terror. Last year the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) reported that 69 million people have been forcibly displaced. Out of 69 million people, only about 3% of refugees return to their home countries, while a large majority continued to reside in refugee camps, where conditions may vary.
Many refugees lack access to basic needs such as water, sanitation, and healthcare, and are at higher risk for both communicable and noncommunicable diseases. The UN and many of its partners are working to improve the conditions and quality of life for all refugees such as Qais, from the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan. Qais is a young boy born in the Za’atari refugee camp, after his parents escaped from Syria. Now, thanks to efforts by the UN and its partners, Qais and the 80,000 other Syrian refugees receive clean water, food, education, and healthcare at the Za’atari refugee camp. To learn more about Qais, see the video below.
We at Shot@Life are #WithRefugees because everyone deserves a shot at life no matter where they are.