TWO BILLION KILOMETRES TO SAFETY

Families who have been forced to flee make extraordinary efforts to survive. In solidarity with them, at a time when there are more and more global crises forcing people from their homes, we are coming together to honor their resilience and determination to keep their families safe.

Together, we are challenging ourselves to cover two billion kilometres in 12 months, just as refugees worldwide do each year to reach the nearest point of safety. 

 From South Sudan to Uganda, Myanmar to Bangladesh, Syria to Jordan; they have endured long, dangerous and difficult journeys.

“It was a very terrible journey, we had to cross jungle and climb huge hills”, says Alin who fled Myanmar and carried her two young children for ten days until they reached safety. 

 Through this collective effort we will show our solidarity, build better understanding of refugees, and help them rebuild their lives.

Building better understanding of refugees

There are a lot of misconceptions about refugees. Refugees are people forced to flee to another country because of war or persecution at home. They are not the same as migrants.

The majority of refugees stay close to home with most fleeing to neighbouring countries. Only 1% of them are ever resettled in third countries.

 Around the world, less than a third of people forced to flee live in refugee camps. Most refugees are actually struggling to survive in cities and towns.

Through this movement we aim to build better understanding. Please help by sharing.

About UNHCR

This global movement is being organised by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. We are the world’s leading organisation dedicated to supporting people forced to flee. We lead international action to protect them, deliver life-saving assistance like shelter, food and water, and help to safeguard fundamental human rights.

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