In recognition of World Refugee Day, Wyclef and Moxie Raia partnered with Global Citizen to created a song and video “Follow Me” to recognize the plight of refugees. The stirring video features footage of interviews with people who’ve been displaced from their homes.
“Follow me, I am on your side, but we don’t have much time,” they sing in the refrain. “Mama said there’s a way outside. Only the strong survive.”
The song comes on the heels of a startling United Nations report: More people were forced from their homes during the year 2015 than at any other point in history.
A record 65.3 million people were forcibly displaced from their homes as a result of persecution, conflict, violence or human rights violations, the UN Refugee Agency’s report said.
In the aftermath of World War II, an estimated 60 million refugees were displaced by the conflict.
“We are facing the biggest refugee and displacement crisis of our time. Above all this is not just a crisis of numbers; it is also a crisis of solidarity,” Ban Ki Moon, UN Secretary General, said in the report.
The U.N.’s report includes a number of statistics about the current refugee population:
21.3 million are refugees; 40.8 million are internally displaced, and 3.2 million are asylum-seekers.
If these 63.5 million people formed a nation, it’d be the 21st largest in the world.
If you selected someone off the planet at random, you would be over 4 times more likely to have picked a refugee than a Jewish person.
24 people are forced to flee their homes every minute. By the time you’re done reading this over 100 people will have been displaced.
Daniele Selby contributed to this report.