UNHCR Thailand launches ‘Nobody Left Outside’ at Siam Center in Bangkok
With limited funding and more than 65 million people forcibly displaced globally, UNHCR is facing unprecedented challenges in providing adequate shelter for refugees.
“A shelter – be it a tent, a makeshift structure or a house – is the basic building block for refugees to survive and recover from the physical and mental effects of violence and persecution,” said Ruvendrini Menikdiwela, UNHCR Thailand Representative. “Yet around the world, millions are struggling to get by in inadequate and often dangerous dwellings, barely able to pay the rent, and putting their lives, dignity and futures at risk.”
Recently, the 3 Mitinews programme from Channel 3 visited UNHCR’s operation in Lebanon, the country which hosts the highest number of Syrian refugees in the world in proportion to its population size. Kitti Singhapad, campaign supporter and executive producer of 3 Mitinews, reflected on his experience in the field: “We witnessed UNHCR’s challenges in providing shelter to every refugee. With the scale of displacement, UNHCR needs to put its priority on the most vulnerable people, the children and women.”
The “Nobody Left Outside” campaign welcomes support from all sectors to join global efforts to shelter two million people in 12 countries by the end of 2018. These operations are expected to cost US$724 million in 2016. Yet only US$158 million is currently available, a shortfall which threatens to leave millions of men, women and children without adequate shelter and struggling to rebuild their lives.