Globally, one in every 122 humans is now either a refugee, internally displaced, or seeking asylum. If this were the population of a country, it would be the world’s 24th biggest.
“We are witnessing an unchecked slide into an era in which the scale of global forced displacement as well as the response required, is now clearly dwarfing anything seen before.”
– UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres.
Since early 2011, the main reason for the acceleration has been the war in Syria, now the world’s single-largest driver of displacement producing both internally displaced people (7.6 million) and refugees (3.88 million at the end of 2014).
The Global Trends report detailed that in 2014 alone 13.9 million people became newly displaced – four times the number of the previous year. Worldwide there were 19.5 million refugees (up from 16.7 million in 2013), 38.2 million were displaced inside their own countries (up from 33.3 million in 2013), and 1.8 million people were awaiting the outcome of claims for asylum (against 1.2 million in 2013).
In the past five years, at least 15 conflicts have erupted or reignited: eight in Africa (Côte d’Ivoire, Central African Republic, Libya, Mali, northeastern Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and this year in Burundi); three in the Middle East (Syria, Iraq, and Yemen); one in Europe (Ukraine) and three in Asia (Kyrgyzstan, and in several areas of Myanmar and Pakistan). Most alarmingly, however, it showed that over half the world’s refugees are children.
R.I.N.G. began as a conversation among pastors at the Kemptville Ministerial Association, where clergy gather to discuss matters of common concern to the churches of North Grenville.
After consultation with the mayor, an invitation was extended to all congregations and service clubs in North Grenville to participate in a joint effort to bring Syrian refugee families to our community.
R.I.N.G. has developed into an affiliation of the following:
- Anglican – St. James Kemptville
- Christ Church in Burritt’s Rapids,
- St. Peter’s in North Augusta,
- St. Anne’s in Oxford Station
- St .Andrew’s in Garretton
- Holy Trinity in Merrickville
- A.R.I.S.I.N.G. (Merrickville citizens group)
- Kemptville Christian Reformed Church
- Kemptville Lions Club
- North Grenville Community Church (Free Methodist)
- North Grenville Times
- Southgate Community Church (Wesleyan)
- St. John United
- World Hope Canada
Working teams are being formed to care for:
- Furniture & household items