These everyday angels are between 20 and 42 years old; there is a naval engineer, students, social workers, computer scientists, teachers, unemployed… They do not have the funds to keep the cultural centers in constant operation so they have to take turns; that is, the volunteers usually spend about a month there [in Greece] and then return to Spain to make a living.
Just over a year ago, in August 2017, crisis struck in a part of Myanmar called the Rakhine state, of where the Rohingya people reside. Approximately 700,000 people escaped and crossed the border to Bangladesh to flee from the Myanmar Army. The Army began undergoing a crackdown on what the United Nations have described as “textbook ethnic cleansing.”
As of March this year there were a reported 40,000 casualties. This war has led to many people fleeing their homes in search of safety and the UNHCR estimates that approximately 2 million people have fled and another 20 million Yemenis are still in need of humanitarian assistance such as healthcare or food as they are at high risk of serious illness and injury and also starvation.
In this context, concrete and accountable commitments, means of implementation and a framework for the follow-up and review of implementation procedures will have to be defined through the Global Compact on Migration.
According to a recent UNHCR report, 68.5 million people were displaced worldwide in 2017. These included refugees, asylum-seekers, internally displaced persons, returning refugees or stateless people. More than half of the refugees were children under 18. This movement was the result of persecution, conflict, and generalized violence.
4 years have passed since the 3rd of August 2014, the day on which the Daesh fighters, or ISIS, in full territorial expansion, started to penetrate in the territory of Sinjar, Northern Iraq, home of the majority of the Yazidis in the world. More than 3,000 Yazidis died and just less than 7,000 have been kidnapped.