Committed to supporting refugees

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) has reaffirmed its commitment to supporting refugees in the lead-up to World Refugee Day on June 20.

Currently, there are 117 million refugees, 61.2 million internally displaced people and 5.6 million asylum seekers globally, according to the United Nations. Seventy-two per cent of refugees come from Syria, Venezuela, Ukraine, Afghanistan and South Sudan. Many of them are children.

ADRA has been working to aid refugees and internally displaced families for more than four decades. 

“Every action we take has a lasting effect on refugees and displaced people who are struggling to survive in many instances without food, housing and opportunities to succeed,” said ADRA International president Michael Kruger.

“We can’t ignore their anguish or lack of access to basic needs. World Refugee Day serves as a poignant reminder for us to unite in ending their hardships and improving learning opportunities, particularly for young people.”

Mr Kruger said ADRA remains committed to improving the lives of refugees and displaced children, families and individuals worldwide. Assistance includes the provision of emergency food parcels and shelter kits, support for refugee children to continue their education, and providing skills training and social support for those settling in other countries.