The Syrian refugee crisis has brought the refugee story to light in 2016 as the situation continues to worsen.
Oxfam Canada is hoping to raise awareness of relief efforts on World Refugee Day Monday.
Ann Witteveen worked for Oxfam as a technical expert in food aid, cash transfer and emergency livelihood programming in Sudan and South Africa, and has seen the refugee situation first-hand. She says more people have been forced to seek refuge in the past few years.
Oxfam reports more than 60 million people around the world have been forced from their homes, whether through violence or by natural disasters. Half of those people are children.
Witteveen says that number ebbs and flows, and in the past few years, it has risen due to conflict in countries like Syria or like South Sudan in 2013, when hundreds of thousands of people were forced to flee.
She says the numbers do seem staggering, but the actions by various agencies and the United Nations are making a huge difference, helping people who are hoping to go back home eventually.
She says all donations to Oxfam help provide the infrastructure needed to pump water for refugees. Witteveen adds they also buy seeds so people can plant their own crops.