The UN Refugee Agency estimates that more than 68 million people worldwide have been forcibly displaced from their homes by conflict or persecution. More than 25 million of those displaced people are living as refugees in foreign countries, and over half of the world’s refugees are under the age of 18.
The vast majority of these refugees and displaced people have not been permanently resettled, and many of them live in camps that are rife with conflict. People of different ethnic and religious backgrounds are crowded into the same settlement. Space is limited, resources are scarce, and people are hurting. Many of the same conflicts that are playing out on an international stage are mirrored in refugee camps, as these populations are thrown together under very difficult circumstances.