THE COST OF CONFLICT
The refugee crisis this world is facing due to regional and territorial conflict is displacing millions of people and it’s the children who suffer the most. The current crisis is unlike anything we’ve seen in the post–World War II era. A series of conflicts around the world, most notably but not only the Syrian civil war, has left more than 60 million people without homes or a safe place to return. Let that sink in for a moment. World War II is the most devastating conflict in human history, claiming more than 70 million lives. And while no conflict today is anywhere close to that deadly, there are many smaller ones ongoing that people in the developed world can live their days mostly ignoring. We visited the Shatila and Sabra refugee settlements in Lebanon to observe the current living conditions.
These camps are in an area of 1 square km originally home to 3,000 refugees in 1948. That number has swelled to some 50,000 and since 2015 with the surge of Syrian refugees it is at its breaking point. Seeing the conditions that men, women and children have to live in is unconscionable. Raw sewage, undrinkable water because the pipes are salty because of the sea to their backs. A labyrinth of exposed wiring hangs overhead and at your feet not to mention bombings every other month.
We Can Save Children is making contacts with UNRWA and other local organizations in the Middle East to start the engagement process of how We Can Save Children can make a difference with children affected by the refugee crisis.