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Spotlight:


Mediterranean A harrowing journey to safety


Europe is experiencing a refugee crisis of historic proportions.


By the end of 2015, 1,015,078 refugees had crossed the Mediterranean Sea, travelling in terrible conditions in unsafe boats and dinghies. Nearly 3,700 men, women and children have drowned or gone missing in their attempts to reach safety.


With your help, UNHCR continues to provide life-saving aid and vital protection to help refugee families—particularly the most vulnerable, like female-headed households, unaccompanied or separated children, the elderly or the disabled.


Survivors receive accommodation, transport, family tracing, medical assistance and psychological support. Travelling refugees receive guidance or aid—at any time, day or night.


Together, we also set up water distribution points, latrines and showers in many different locations throughout Europe to keep refugees healthy and to restore their dignity. These safe, lockable and well-lit facilities help protect women and girls from sexual and gender-based violence.


For many refugees, these small comforts are the first they experience since beginning their difficult journey.


10 | UNHCR 2016 DONOR REPORT


©UNHCR/Ivor Prickett


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