Tuesday, January 27, 2009

If you had to flee to a different country and could only bring 3 items, what would they be?

Refugee Camps Struggling With AIDS

There are 1,000,000 children under the age of 15 that are living with HIV or suffering from AIDS, and some of those children are living in refugee camps. Many of these children lack education. Also, many adults die early from AIDS, leaving behind orphans struggling to survive. A lot of these orphans have AIDS, also, because this disease can be passed from mother to child. There is a total of 13.2 million "AIDS Orphans" in the world, and most of them live in Sub-Saharan Africa. More and more children and adults are dying everyday, therefore we need to keep thinking of ways to prevent it. The life expectancy is much shorter because of people dieing early from AIDS.
*77% of children under 15 who have HIV/AIDS live in Africa!
*If there were no AIDS epidemic, the life expectancy in Nambia would be 70 years, but with AIDS as a factor, the life expectancy is 37!

The UN is Helping Out Refugees!:-)

The UN (United Nations) is one of the major groups that help refugees in Africa. In more than five decades, the agency has helped an estimated 50 million people. Today, a staff of around 6,300 people in more than 110 countries continues to help 32.9 million people/refugees!!! UNHCR raises funds through governments, foundations and private donors so that refugees can be assisted immediately with food, shelter and other essentials distributed by the agency's implementing NGO partners. Longer-term solutions also depend on the participation of civil society and refugees themselves. How can you help?!?!?

What is a Refugee?!?

A refugee is a person who has fled their home and cannot return because they fear their life is in danger. Where do they go, you ask? Well, most end up in refugee camps, which many of lack water, electricity, sanitation, and health care. These camps are overcrowded and unhygienic.

There are a total of 10,600,000 refugees worldwide!!! Want to know something else that is shocking? In 2004, worldwide, about 3,000,000 people (8,000 a day), left home to seek safety in another country!!!