Generating hope for refugees

There are today 50-60 million people displaced from their homes by conflict, disasters and environmental change. The Moving Energy Initiative aims to provide them with safe power

The World Today Published 6 February 2015 Updated 5 January 2021 3 minute READ

Michael Keating

Executive Director, European Institute of Peace

The plight of Syrian refugees has vividly resurfaced in the international media with images of makeshift shelters in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley and reports of refugee children living in sub-zero temperatures, without heat, clothes, food or water, some actually dying from the cold.

They are among the 3.2 million Syrians who have fled the conflict so far; the United Nations estimates that a further 7.6 million people are displaced within the country.

They join a rapidly increasing mass of people – between 50 and 60 million, over half under 18 years old – forcibly displaced by conflict, sudden disasters and gradual environmental change. More than half are displaced within their countries – 3 million in the Democratic Republic of Congo alone.

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