Middle Eastern people have greatly suffered from war and terror in recent years. The human cost of the wars in Syria and Iraq is staggering. According to UNHCR’s mandate, the Syrian war has produced the world’s single largest refugee crisis in almost a quarter of a century. According to the United Nations October 2015 figures, there are 4,180,000 registered refugees; 6,500,000 internally displaced; over 250,000 killed and over 1,000,000 injured.

 

In addition to the casualties of the Syrian war, the Iraqi crisis offers another bleak situation. According to UNHCR’s June 2015 report, there are 3,600,000 displaced Iraqi, in which 2,600,000 were displaced in 2014 alone. As brothers and sisters of a single human race, we, who are more fortunate, are urged to extend our helping hand to those whose lives have turned into a battle for basic human rights and survival.

ECWA strives to collaborate with members of the community to extend this helping hand to the most vulnerable of refugees resettling in Australia.