Today in the world 59.5 million people are escaping from wars and conflicts, a population almost equal to Italy. They are men, women, elderly and children forced to leave everything behind, to which it is necessary to ensure water, food and a safe shelter. Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life also means this: to offer access to essential resources to millions of people due to violence, persecution and conflict have lost their right to a present and a future in their own country.
That's why, on the occasion of Expo Milano 2015, the European Commission and Oxfam, Civil Society Participant of the World Exhibition, have decided to present to the public of the big event, in Cascina Triulza, "You Save Lives", the campaign that intends to make aware the European's opinion and work for the plight of refugees around the world, through stories and testimonies of those who have been forced to abandon everything, because of three major humanitarian crises of the moment in Syria, South Sudan and the Central African Republic. Voices and stories that have been collected in a digital platform (www.eusavelives.org), with the aim of restoring a face and a name to this immense crowd of invisible people.
Crisis too often "forgotten", where Oxfam and EU are at work for years alongside millions of people who will inevitably become the first victims of food insecurity generated by wars. The UN estimates that only in Syria 12.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, including 9.8 million in need of food assistance. The same is valid to some 4.6 million people in South Sudan and about 1.5 million in the Central African Republic, who have serious difficulties in accessing food. Millions of people around the world survive only thanks to food and humanitarian aid supplied by donors, international organizations and NGOs.
"Citizens of the European Union are the main source of aid used to provide assistance to refugees. - Said Christos Stylianides, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid - To promote the campaign 'You Save Lives' means to inform and advise citizens of how the funds that they have been allocated are spended. In 2014 the European Commission has allocated 854 million euros to help disperced people in 33 different countries. These funds allow us to alleviate suffering and restore hope to those who have lost everything".
"Oxfam has always worked to help people who have seen their lives devastated by wars and humanitarian crises. - Said Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International - Today more than ever, we need to turn the spotlight on the needs, the hopes and dreams of those who were forced to leave everything behind".