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Stand as One

Stand as One

Credit: Pablo Tosco / Oxfam

Stand as one with people forced to flee disaster and conflict, and you can make sure they get the help they desperately need to rebuild their torn-apart lives.

The world is facing an extraordinary crisis. More than 65 million people have been forced to flee their homes by deadly conflict and violence, millions more by disasters - a crisis bigger than any of its kind since the Second World War . This is a worldwide emergency that demands an international response and a global solution, because no individual country can solve it alone [source: UNHCR].

For millions of ordinary people - just like you and me - these unimaginable situations have become a daily reality. By standing as one with refugees, we can make sure our governments provide the help they urgently need - to keep their families together, to protect themselves from poverty and to rebuild in safety the lives shattered by horrific events beyond their control.

Oxfam is responding around the world to meet the needs of hundreds of thousands of people who have been forced to flee conflict and disaster. This means bringing safe water to people in Syria and the 250,000 people sheltering in the world's largest refugee camp in Uganda. It means building sanitation systems to keep people healthy in camps in Lebanon, Jordan and Tanzania. It means providing food for the people who would otherwise go hungry in South Sudan. Closer to home, we have helped provide warm clothes, food and toiletries - as well as legal aid and advice - for people in Greece, Italy, Macedonia and Serbia. We've built desperately needed toilets to prevent the spread of disease and made sure people have the information they need to stay safe.

Because we are responding in so many places, we know that there is no single solution to the crisis. The UK can't solve this problem alone - no one country can do so. That's why we are calling on all governments to develop a united, co-ordinated, global response to both the international crisis and the factors driving people to flee their homes in the first place.