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Save Fragile Lives - World Refugee Day

From school yard games to dodging bombs

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“We were in our village when the missiles and bombs hit. All the houses were destroyed. An explosion happened at the back of the school. I could hear loud screaming from the pain.”

For Shaima, a girl from Syria, a normal day turned into a nightmare in an instant. Forced to leave home behind, Shaima’s family fled 72 kilometres through the desert to seek refuge in Jordan. Her sister tragically did not survive the journey.

Like Shaima, 28 million* children worldwide are forced to become refugees because of war and violence in some of the most dangerous places on Earth. On World Refugee Day, held every year on 20 June, we commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of these millions of children.

 

Living in Dangerous Places

There are places in the world that are far too dangerous or unstable for us to set up child sponsorship programmes. Known as fragile contexts, these are areas where governments cannot (or will not) act to protect the rights of their people. For children and families living in these places, basic necessities like food, clean water, education, security and protection from abuse and exploitation seem hopelessly out of reach.

 

A world map that has Turkey, Syria, Saudi Arabia and Mediterranean Sea

 

Syria


13.5 million people have been impacted by the ongoing conflict in Syria since its escalation in 2011. 6.3 million people are internally displaced, and many are in urgent need of clean water, health services, food, education and other basics of life.

 

A world map that has South Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda and Africa

 

South Sudan


Civil war and drought have left South Sudan one of the poorest nations in the world. 7.5 million people in South Sudan are in need of humanitarian assistance. 1.8 million have fled the country, with Uganda alone hosting 1 million refugees. More than 85% of these are women and children.

 

A world map that has South Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia, and Africa

 

Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

Children in the eastern DRC struggle to survive conflict and political instability. Thousands of families have been forced to leave their homes and take refuge in camps. Violence against women and girls in eastern DRC is widespread and often goes unpunished.

 

Rebuild Their World

Shaima laughing in the picture

For Shaima, refugee life in Jordan can be difficult, but she won’t let her torn past crush her spirit. “I like school a lot because I get to learn a lot of things,” says Shaima, who goes to classes in the refugee camp. After class, she can be found at the football pitch. “When I came here, World Vision encouraged me to play football. So now I like it, and I’m not scared anymore. I feel comfortable and safe here.”

Through Save Fragile Lives, you can help children like Shaima feel safer by providing for either their immediate or long-term needs.

For RM35 a month, or a one-time donation (any amount), you can give communities in Syria, South Sudan and Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) access to life-saving supplies such as food, shelter and hygiene kits, or to long-term needs such as child-friendly spaces that help children deal with trauma, access counselling and catch up on education. Bring the light of hope to those in dark places this World Refugee Day.

 

How you can help

Give RM35
(Monthly)

Children and families in places like Syria, South Sudan and eastern DRC are severely deprived of basic necessities for survival due to conflict and instability. With your contribution, you could reach the world’s most vulnerable people.
Give RM150
(One-time or Monthly)

Children and families in places like Syria, South Sudan and eastern DRC are severely deprived of basic necessities for survival due to conflict and instability. With your contribution, you could reach the world’s most vulnerable people.
Give any amount
(One-time or Monthly)

Children and families in places like Syria, South Sudan and eastern DRC are severely deprived of the basics of life due to conflict and instability. With your contribution, you could help the world’s most vulnerable people survive.

*Children on the Move (UNICEF, February 2018)