A human tragedy that is reaching the dimensions of an apocalypse. And nobody is moving a finger!

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Who have the least give the most. It seems what is happening with the unprecedented number of refugees who have been forced to flee their homes. The latest research from human rights organization Amnesty International has revealed that of 193 countries, 10 of them are hosting over half of the world’s refugees. Some of those 10 countries also happen to be among the poorest, but they are neighbours to a crisis.

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According to Amnesty, wealthy countries such as those of the European Union are shirking their responsibilities instead to take in their fair share of refugees. EU has erected fences at land borders, deployed ever-larger numbers of border guards, and struck deals with neighbouring countries to keep people out.

The 10 countries bearing the brunt are at breaking point, putting refugees in increasingly vulnerable situations. In Pakistan – the third biggest receiver of refugees – authorities have sent back more than 10,000 fleeing Afghans. In Kenya, home to one of the world’s largest refugee camps, Dadaab, displaced people are being pressured into returning to Somalia. The 21 million people who have been forced to flee make up just 0.3% of the planet’s population. If each country would increase its refugee quota by just a fraction, the crisis would be more than manageable in according to the Amnesty Report.

I had the chance to have an indirect experience with Al Zaatari Camp, the refugee camp built by the Jordanian government to welcome Syrian refugees. The camp has today 90,000 people, a city. Its people escaped from their country in 2011 to survive and they are growing their children there. A city without roads, with partly rationed water, with electricity supplied 12 hours a day. People who would like, if not back home, only a bit of normality!

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