World Refugee Day

Today, on World Refugee Day, War Child calls attention to the plight of millions of children worldwide forced to flee violence and armed conflict.
20 June 2017

65.6 million refugees worldwide

By the end of 2016 some 65.6 million people worldwide were forcibly displaced from their homes - an increase of 300,000 from the year before. More than half of these refugees are children. Today (Tuesday June 20) is World Refugee Day - and War Child is calling for more attention to be given to children forced to flee violence and armed conflict. 


Millions of children - like Joshua, LuluMalik and Nour have to live with the misery of war on a daily basis. They are forced to confront the most terrible things. Their only option is escape. They are forced to leave everything behind on their journeys to safety.

Today - on #worldrefugeeday - War Child calls for more attention to be given to these children who have been forced to escape areas of violence and armed conflict. Children like twelve-year-old Joshua - who escaped South Sudan after he heard explosions from his classroom.

“I ran as hard as I could to get home - but nobody was there anymore,” Joshua remembers.  He was forced to flee South Sudan alone - in search of a safe place.


Conflict-affected children are not only affected by memories of war and fear. They also experience terrible things during their journeys to safety - and in the refugee camps where they end up.

War Child supports children affected by armed conflict and creates the space where they can process their terrible experiences. We provide psychosocial support to allow children to live as children once again - and rebuild their confidence in themselves and others. So that they can build a better future - both for themselves and their communities.   

We do this because no child should be part of war. Ever.


Because the war doesn’t leave a child’s mind once they escape the violence.

* Source: Annual Report UNHCR