Today is World Refugee Day, and more than 65 million people around the world are displaced from their homes – the highest number ever recorded by the United Nations. On average, 24 people were displaced every minute of each day in 2015.
We are witnessing a global crisis that spans all regions and conflicts from the devastating Syrian civil war to violence in Central America to global food insecurity. Desperate families are fleeing tragedy and disaster in hopes of creating a new path for themselves and their loved ones. The need for a global response is just as stark as the crisis itself. Today, we are reminded that we must redouble our efforts to provide humanitarian assistance and address the root causes of what drives refugees from their homes.