They are there but we do not see them. They are invisible.
It is hard to believe, because there are millions of them and if they decided to set up a state, it would be the 24th most populous country on the planet.
They would be citizens of the Land of the Invisible, in which everyone shares a story that always starts the same way: a desperate flight for survival.
There are now more than 59.5 million refugees and people displaced by conflict and violence across the world. This is a record-breaking figure, surpassing even that of the Second World War.
Your help makes the invisible visible
The main cause for the movement of so many people is the intensification of conflicts. Particularly in Syria, South Sudan and the Central African Republic, conflicts have resulted in over 11 million displaced people and refugees in Syria, over 2 million in South Sudan and nearly 1.5 more in the Central African Republic (source : UNHCR).
Beyond these raw statistics are human beings who have had to flee their home, leaving behind belongings, friends and often family. It is very difficult to put into words the bleakness and vulnerability they face and the attention given this situation does not correspond to the size of the problem or the drama of the individual experiences.
For this reason, the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) and Oxfam have collaborated together on an innovative communications project – EUsavelives, You Save Lives – in order to highlight the experiences of displaced people and how humanitarian aid save lives.
During 2015, we focused on three of the most serious humanitarian crises in the world today – Syria, South Sudan and the Central African Republic – to make space for displaced people to tell their personal stories and asking the public to join our petition: "Help make them visible".