It’s safe to say our world was left shaken by the incidents that happened in 2015. It’s about time we do our best to prevent these crises this year, and also resolve the prevailing ones.
But first, take a look at these major crises that we were tracking in 2015.
Syrian Refugee Crises
4.4 million People (half of them are children) had to flee Syria because of the ongoing war in the country. The violence has severely disrupted education, community and family life in the country. Displacement of people has made children vulnerable to disease and exploitation. Worst part is, the war has shown no signs of coming to an end.
On April 25, 2015, an earthquake of magnitude 7.8 struck Nepal, triggering avalanches in the Himalayas and toppling buildings. More than 8, 000 people died and over 8 million lives were affected by this. Help reached Nepal from all corners of the world and it’s still recovering.
Ebola Outbreak in West Africa
Ebola outbreak hit Africa in 2014 and lasted well over 18 months. Worst hit countries were Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. In these three countries alone, Ebola virus killed 11, 300 people. A collaborative, global effort was needed to curb this.
Sudan Conflict and Hunger
Over 1.66 million people had to flee their homes because of the conflict in the country that began in 2013. These people are totally dependent on aid from relief agencies. They either missed planting seasons or lost livestock, leaving them with no income at all. Malnutrition, hunger and disease are now looming on their children’s lives. The UN says about 6 million people need humanitarian assistance and 4 million are facing food shortages. These are just facts and figures; what’s really heart-pounding is 250, 000 children can die from hunger.