The Land of the Invisible – EUsaveLives

EUsaveLives You Save Lives website topEUsaveLives – You Save Lives is a campaign by Oxfam and the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) to raise visibility of displaced people across the world.

Their website reminds readers that the number of refugees and displaced persons in the world now exceeds 59.5 million for the first time since WW2 due to the intensification of conflicts, especially in Syria, South Sudan and the Central African Republic.

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The website goes into detail about Syrian, South Sudan and Central African Republic.

They are there but we do not see them. It is hard to believe, because there are millions of them and if they decided to set up a state, it would be the 26th most populous country on the planet. They would be citizens of the Land of the Invisible, in which everyone shares a story that always starts the same way: a desperate flight with the clothes on their backs, their only belongings. It is on this journey that they become invisible and another story begins: they reach a safe place, they stop running and the question then arises: what now?

The film District Zero is part of the EUsaveLives campaign.

Oxfam is a world-wide development organisation that mobilises the power of people against poverty. It began life as the Oxford Committee for Famine Relief in 1942, created to send food to the women and children dying of hunger in Greece during the Second World War. Nowadays Oxfam is made up of 17 organisations across the world; they work together with disadvantaged people who are confronting injustice to demand their rights.

The European Union and its Member States are the world’s leading donor of humanitarian aid. Relief assistance is an expression of European solidarity towards people in need all around the world. The European Commission ensures rapid and effective delivery of EU relief assistance through its Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), helps over 120 million victims of conflict and disasters every year.