Dr. Essam Daod in the Greek island of Lesvos during a rescue of a Syrian refugee boat, October 2015.
(photo credit: MATIAS QUIRNO COSTA)
THE STATISTICS are appalling. According to the United Nations refugee agency, there are 66 million displaced persons in the world – asylum seekers and refugees (25 million) or internally displaced (41 million) within their own countries. And every year that number grows.Some 5.5 million people have fled Syria while 6.3 million fled their homes but remained within Syria. Over half of Syria’s population has been displaced. More than 2.5 million refugees hail from Afghanistan and 1.4 million from South Sudan.