Refugee support in Africa on decline

Number of Somali refugees in Horn of Africa passes one million mark.

A new international study released has revealed that support for humanitarian action is on a sudden decline especially in Africa.

It also revealed that there is an overwhelming lack of confidence in world leaders to address the refugee crisis.

The 2017 Aurora Humanitarian Index, which surveyed nearly 6,500 people in 12 countries, were compounded by the fact that only nine percent of individuals believe their actions can make a difference in solving the global refugee crisis.

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For the second year in a row, terrorism is cited as the undisputed top humanitarian issue at 63 percent, followed by the widening gap between the rich and poor, hunger, climate change and forced migration.

The annual public opinion survey gauges attitudes towards humanitarian issues worldwide, the effectiveness of humanitarian intervention and individuals’ motivations to intervene on behalf of others.

A bright spot in the 2017 Index showed youth outpacing their older counterparts, showing greater openness toward and support of refugees and willingness to take humanitarian action.

According to Ruben Vardanyan, co-founder of the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative, AHI, “The sense of apathy towards humanitarianism today highlights an urgent need for engagement in every sector. However, this negativity is counter-balanced by the incredibly positive attitudes of youth towards humanitarianism and the individual impact on the refugee crisis. All of us need to educate and motivate the young people around the world so they not only understand their capacity for meaningful impact, but are inspired to act upon it.”

Key findings from the 2017 Aurora Humanitarian Index commissioned by the AHI, a non-profit organisation committed to building a global humanitarian movement to empower modern-day saviors, include:

  • Confidence in individual impact on humanitarian action is low:
    • Only nine percent of respondents feel they can make a difference in solving humanitarian issues.
    • Although 56 percent of respondents are upset upon hearing the hardship that Syrian refugees are experiencing, 51 percent feel they are unable to make a meaningful impact.
  • Support for humanitarian action is declining:
    • Though a majority of respondents agree refugees deserve help, only 37 percent would welcome refugees into their own countries.
    • 42 percent of respondents feel their countries have already taken in too many refugees.
    • Respondents across the 12 countries identified Germany, France and the United States as the countries accepting the highest number of refugees. In actuality, Pakistan, Iran and Turkey have permitted the most refugees into their countries.

The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative (AHI) is a group committed to building a broad, global humanitarian movement rooted in inspiring stories of courage and survival that emerged during the Armenian Genocide.

Founded on behalf of the survivors of the Armenian Genocide and in gratitude to their saviors, the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative seeks to empower modern-day saviors to offer life and hope to those in urgent need of basic humanitarian aid and continue the cycle of giving internationally.

PR/Sammie Idika