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Statement on President Trump’s suspension of the US Refugee Programme and the global refugee crisis

As President Donald Trump announces his suspension of the US Refugee Programme, Tearfund calls for compassion, and the world to remember the millions of refugees still surviving desperate conditions.

03 Feb 2017

As President Donald Trump announces his suspension of the US Refugee Programme, Tearfund calls for compassion, and the world to remember the millions of refugees still surviving desperate conditions.

Myles Harrison, International Director at Tearfund, said:
‘President Trump’s suspension of the refugee programme is concerning and will be incredibly disruptive for many people whose long-fought plans to escape conflict have now been put on hold.

'We must also remember the millions of refugees and internally displaced people residing in camps across the Middle East and parts of Central and East Africa.

'They continue to live with the threat of ISIS, sheltering in camps with limited access to food, water, and basic education for their children. We must also remember the millions of Yemenis who are suffering a severe food crisis as the conflict continues. Tearfund is working with refugees across the world every day and it’s essential the international community continues to support those most vulnerable.’

Tearfund works in 45 countries across the world, serving the world’s poorest and most vulnerable, including thousands of refugees in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and internally displaced people in Yemen. Lebanon continues to hosts 1 in 5 refugees fleeing the Syrian war, and Tearfund works to provide food and clothing distribution, emergency shelter, trauma counselling, and cash grants to help meet basic needs. As winter sets in and temperatures drop, the conditions have become increasingly bleak.

Notes to Editors
  1. For more information, please contact Sarah Baldwin in the Tearfund Media Team - sarah.baldwin@tearfund.org or call 07776 211518

  2. Find out more about our work in the Middle East and donate here.

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