Washington D.C., Jun 20, 2016 / 15:50 pm
As the global refugee crisis is at its worst since World War II, Catholics cannot be indifferent to the plight of their brothers and sisters, an official with Catholic Relief Services asserts.
“As Catholics, we believe that we are part of one human family, and when 21 million people are refugees around the world, that is something that impacts us personally,” Bill O’Keefe, vice president for government relations and advocacy for Catholic Relief Services, told CNA June 20 – World Refugee Day.
A United Nations report released Monday showed global displacement numbers at their highest ever recorded, jumping from 59.5 million for 2014 to 65.3 million in 2015. Over 21 million of the displaced are refugees.
“Half of the 60 million people displaced globally today are children,” Catholic Relief Services stated on Monday. The average refugee spends 17 years in a refugee camp, according to the UN, which means that tens of millions of children could grow up homeless and without proper education, creating a “lost generation,” CRS noted.