The Uprooted: the sad reality of our times


Close to 50 million people have been uprooted from their the place they used to call home, due to war and violence – the largest number of displaced people since World War II. That’s the sad reality of our times. In spite of all the growth, the scientific and technological advancements, there is a sizeable population in this world that has been displaced from their homes due to violence.

The uprooted: Story map by ESRI

The uprooted: Story map by ESRI

The sad reality of our times

The worst humanitarian crisis since World War II and yet there is very little being done to alleviate the suffering of these people. Leaving behind the politics behind the crisis, it’s important to sensitise the people and create awareness about this issue.

A friend of mine, emailed me about this story map that paints a painful picture about the humanitarian crisis. Hopefully its serves as a reminder of the sad reality and that there is so much more that could be done.


If there are more such articles/story maps that you come across that could serve to create awareness about this issue, do let us know. Together, we can make a difference!

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