Today, one of the biggest challenges to our world is the internal and external displacement of people, which is caused by conflict, persecution, violence, or human rights violations.
According to a recent report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, by the end of 2012, the number of displaced people had reached more than 45 million—of these, around 15.4 million are refugees. That is the largest number since 1994, when an estimated 47 million people were forcibly displaced.
The statistics also show that in 2012, there were 1.1 million new refugees around the world, marking the most significant increase since 1999.
As our own commemoration of World Youth Day, which ended on Sunday, and the global effort to combat this humanitarian crisis, The Takeaway journeys into the lives of refugees from around the world to share their stories and empower their voices.
One of the most important steps is facilitating discourse and fostering direct dialogue from those immediately affected.
We start this journey in the Zataari Refugee Camp in Jordan, where Emma Bonar works as Project Coordinator for the Norwegian Refugee Council Youth Center. Along with her, we hear the direct testimonies of two young individuals who live in the camp.