More than a number
Today, the world is experiencing the highest level of human suffering since World War II. More than 65 million people have been forced to flee their homes because of violence and conflict. Great waves of people are on the move; from Syria to South Sudan, and from Mali to Myanmar. Behind each number lies a mother, a father, a sister, a brother. Someone’s family, someone’s friend. These are real people with real stories; they are more than a number.
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“It took 8 months for my wife and I to reach Greece. One time, the smuggler was on crystal meth."
“Our town was invaded and there were shootings and killings and burnings. They started killing men. My husband was slaughtered in front of me."
"We can finally breathe again, finally sleep again. In Fallujah, we lived in constant fear for our lives."
“Some people came and were shooting, burning down our houses. They killed three of my sons and took away my daughter."
“My father is sick. He is paralyzed and needs support, but he is too sick to be able to flee across the sea."
“During the shelling we hid in the basement with my friends. When we came out, there were some kinds of flying bullets in the air."
“It was difficult to leave my school and friends in Syria, but I like the new teacher in the camp and I’ve got many new friends."
“I didn’t know what was wrong. He just disappeared. Then we received a call from the smugglers."
“My husband had gone to the diamond minefield, where they were informed about the Seleka [armed group] attack in our village."
“I feel a great pain. The house looks ruined from this side, but when you walk towards the house from the opposite side it looks like the building is solid."
“I came here alone. I am living alone. I am the only one in my family living here, so life is a little hard for me."
"We were afraid. We fled when Daesh (ISIS) went into Sinjar. I was only thinking about my child."
“The illness starts with hunger. Even when he stands up, he gets dizzy and falls down. He is hungry."
“There are lots of people inside the tents here. It’s overcrowded and there is no proper bathroom. We fear the spread of diseases."
“Yesterday a strong wind came. My house fell down and everything was destroyed. I’m afraid because I have no protection for my family."
“We were sleeping, and then we heard the chaos. I saw that my son had been killed. His wife who was heavily pregnant was also killed."
“I like to draw grass, the sun, birds and myself. I miss the grass in Syria. Here, there is only grass in the market."
“We were told here that we cannot go to Germany. We don’t know what to do. Going back to Iran is not an option for us."