The Global Refugee Crisis The Global Refugee Crisis



Today, 39 million people have been forced to flee their homes due to conflict or natural disaster. 10 million are refugees and 29 million are internally displaced persons (meaning they have not crossed an international border). People displaced inside their countries face the same hardships as refugees but lack protection under international law.

Usually victims of war and oppression flee in large numbers, arriving in poor, underdeveloped states without the means to care for them. Most of these developing countries lack the sound infrastructure needed to facilitate a massive humanitarian response.

Making the situation worse, the conflict that forced them from their homes may destabilize the region in which they've sought refuge. They may flee to the safety of a refugee camp or settlement, only to be forced to flee again.

When a refugee is forced to flee their home, they often leave all of their belongings behind. They walk dozens of miles to safety. If they arrive safely at their destination, they are still without food, water, shelter and medical care. And there is no guarantee they’ll be able to stay.

ARC is committed to making a difference wherever and however we are able. Your gifts help us save lives and care for families suffering as a result of events completely out of their control. They will help restore clean water, give medical care, provide trauma counseling, and help people to rebuild their lives.

ARC serves refugees and displaced people in Thailand, Pakistan, Uganda, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Somalia and Rwanda. ARC's programs around the world impact the lives of 2.5 million people each year.

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Building a Playground
Using only recycled materials, we were able to build a playground for the 5,000 kids living at Kiziba refugee camp in Rwanda.
On Famine
Daniel Wordsworth - American Refugee Committee President - talks about the situation in Somalia and how all of us can make a difference and help save lives.
Returning to Somalia
Nimco Ahmed shares her recent trip back Mogadishu her first time back to Somalia in 24 years
South Sudan
Rebuilding Health Care in South Sudan
Deb Ingersoll runs ARC’s Cash for Work Program in Haiti. She’s interviewed at ARC Headquarters.
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Simona Palenga, ARC Field Coordinator in Haiti, is interviewed at ARC HQ.
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Senior Director of Program Quality Monte Achenbach, is interviewed from the field in Haiti.
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ARC volunteer Dr. John Bordwell talks about the health situation of Congolese refugees in Rwanda.
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Somalia: Photos
photographs from Somalia
South Sudan: Photos
images from our efforts in southern Sudan
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