The world is facing an extraordinary crisis. More than 65 million people have been forced to flee their homes by deadly conflict and violence, millions more by disasters - a crisis bigger than any of its kind since the Second World War . This is a worldwide emergency that demands an international response and a global solution, because no individual country can solve it alone.
More than 40 million people have sought safety within their own countries , with many more fleeing to neighbouring countries - often in regions where people are already struggling with poverty or mired in conflict. Other people have been forced to risk their lives on dangerous journeys to seek refuge further from home. Half of the people forced to flee are children – many travelling on their own, separated from their families .
But when we look behind the statistics and the hostile headlines, we see people. People like you and me - teachers, farmers, barbers, builders, doctors, nurses and shopkeepers - but whose lives have been destroyed by terrible forces beyond their control. People whose families have been split up. Young kids without their mum and dad. Parents who could only take their children when they fled, knowing they may never again see the elderly relatives they had to leave behind. People with disabilities or serious medical conditions separated from the relatives they rely on for care. Vulnerable people, with unbearable stories to tell, that need to be heard. People who need our help.
Our photo shows relatives embracing after they were reunited at Hassansham camp, around 50km east of Mosul. Hundreds of families from Mosul city and surrounding areas started arriving at the camp every day as Iraqi forces recapture areas from ISIS in early November. Oxfam has installed tanks for clean water in the camp and is maintaining toilets. We will also be providing blankets, solar lamps, hygiene kits and other vital aid for the 1,950 families that are staying in the camp.