When Everything is Gone: The Crisis of Displacement
By Girl Rising
January 4th 2019
The crisis of refugees and displaced peoples on our planet is enormous, and only getting bigger. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), 68.5 million individuals have been forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, violence, natural disasters, or human rights violations since the end of 2017. More than half of them are under the age of 18. The world has never seen anything like this—not even during the world wars of the 20th century.
In a few months, Girl Rising will premiere a short film about Nasro, a 17-year-old Somali girl living in Dadaab, one of the world’s largest refugee camps. She might be the bravest person you ever get to know.
Nasro faces daily threats to her well-being. Food is scarce, water is scarcer, and danger is abundant. School is inconsistent—sometimes available, sometimes not—and for many, the perils of even getting to school are enough to stop going. Rape and assault are so commonplace that many girls cease their education. Some are married as young as 13 and average life expectancy for women is a mere 52 years.
Nasro is surviving by sheer will and determination. School is her lifeline and, she believes, the only hope for a better future. The odds are nearly impossible, but she is fierce, and she is brave. This is why we are telling her story. We believe that one girl with courage can change the world.