We're working with on the ground partners around the world to bring immediate and long-term humanitarian assistance to people fleeing conflict, violence, global crises and the impacts of climate change. Some of the places we are currently actively supporting displaced people:
Ukraine - over 8 million people have been displaced within the country and into surrounding countries due to the ongoing conflict.
Sudan - over 3 million people have been displaced within the country and into surrounding countries due to armed clashes that began in April 2023.
Turkey and Syria - over 3 million people have been displaced due to the devastating earthquake which struck in February 2023.
Bangladesh - home to Cox's Bazaar, one of the biggest refugee camps in the world with over 700,000 Rohingya people fleeing violence in Myanmar since 2017.
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – 5.8 million people have been internally displaced due to a resurgence in violent clashes.
Somalia – the Horn of Africa drought emergency and conflict have displaced people within Somalia and surrounding countries, with 1.75 million internally displaced in Somalia and Ethiopia alone.
South Sudan – violent conflict within South Sudan has driven millions of people from their homes, with with the influx of refugees from Sudan pushing resources to breaking point.
Access to food and clean water is of the utmost importance, and often means the difference between life and death for vulnerable communities.
Safe accommodation can reduce multiple risks for displaced people, including the risks of violence and trafficking.
Access to basic family medicines and support for hygiene and sanitation can help prevent the spread of illness.
Psychosocial support services, including for vulnerable children, is critical in helping displaced people recover from the experience of trauma.
Displaced people are people who have been forced to flee their homes for various reasons, often related to crises and conflict. Anyone in the world could become a refugee.
The number of people forced to flee their homes worldwide has reached crisis levels due to the sheer amount of people who have been affected, and the huge strain this puts on resources in crisis-affected countries and the countries that surround them.
According to UNHCR, at the end of 2022 there were over 108 million forcibly displaced people around the world. About 40% are children under the age of 18, and almost 2 million children were born as refugees between 2018-2022.
Conflict in places like Ukraine and Sudan, crises such as the Turkey-Syria earthquake, and the increasing impacts of climate change in droughts, damaging weather events and farming impacts have driven more people to flee their homes around the world than at any point in history.
The displaced people crisis has only increased in recent years, with global instability, conflict and the climate crisis only getting worse.
Often, the most urgent needs for displaced people are the most basic - access to clean drinking water and hygiene facilities, food, emergency shelter, medical assistance, clothing, and cash to purchase necessities.
We are working with on the ground partners around the world to bring urgently needed humanitarian assistance to vulnerable families forced from their homes.
Through your generous donations, Caritas Australia can offer various forms of assistance, such as emergency aid, medical supplies, food and shelter for those who have been forced from their homes around the world.
Support people fleeing violence, crises, conflict and climate change today by contributing to our Displaced People Appeal today.
An Internally Displaced Person (IDP) is someone who has been forced from their home but remain within their country's borders. According to UNHCR, approximately 62.5 million people are internally displaced people.
A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee their home and have left their country of origin. According to UNHCR, around 35.3 million people are refugees.
Marian’s story - Somalia
Marian's livelihood has been decimated after four years of drought caused by climate change.
“We had no food or water because of the drought,” she says. “Our crops failed and our goats died. Our livelihoods are gone. We were hungry and desperate.”
Like so many others, she left her home because she had no other options. She walked across Somalia with her eight-month-old daughter to get to Gedo in southern Somalia, hoping to find more food and water, or at least humanitarian aid.
“We walked for five days and nights with little food or water to get here,” she says. “We have been here for several weeks, maybe even a month, and still have not been properly registered with the authorities.”
We had no food or water because of the drought. Our crops failed and our goats died. Our livelihoods are gone. We were hungry and desperate.
Sibomana is 34 years old and a married father of six children. War forced his family to flee their home in August 2022.. Since then, they have been living in a camp for Internally Displaced Peoples (IDPs), in the province of North Kivu. A native of the Kisigari sub-chiefdom in Rutshuru territory, "Sibo" as his relatives call him, was chosen as a hygiene promoter because of his leadership skills and knowledge of community mobilization. Hygiene promoters organize community awareness sessions, and disinfect public toilets and households exposed to the risk of cholera.
As one of 51 members of the hygiene committee (80% of whom are IDPs), he has been equipped, supported, and accompanied by Caritas Goma in implementing hygiene and sanitation measures in various IDP camps and sites.
As part of this work, Sibomana earns a bonus at the end of each week, which allows him to support the needs of his family.
With a vacuum truck rented by Caritas Goma, we have already emptied about ten toilet blocks - with at least 10 toilet doors per block - which were already clogged. This has allowed hundreds of families to no longer defecate in the open air, so as to avoid aggravating the risk of the spread of cholera.
The funds raised through this appeal will be used to provide immediate and longer-term humanitarian assistance to vulnerable communities forced to flee their homes around the world.
If any excess funds remain after a crisis, or if there are changes in circumstances beyond our control that limit our ability to use the funds, they are kept in the Emergency Response Appeal so that we can respond to ongoing development needs and future crises across all our regions.
As a member of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), Caritas Australia is committed and fully adhere to the ACFID Code of Conduct, conducting our work with transparency, accountability and integrity. Find out more about ACFID Code of Conduct for Emergency Appeals.