Displaced people and people living in fragile states

An unprecedented 65.3 million people around the world have been forced from home.

An unprecedented 65.3 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are nearly 21.3 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18. People who have fled because of conflict or economic hardship often have little access to education or to the information they need to improve their life chances.

States struggling to re-establish public services after a prolonged period of conflict, epidemic, natural disaster, political crisis or economic downturn are also in particular need of support to rebuild their information resources, but often lack the funds they need to buy books.

Our response

We already provide books to the Occupied Palestinian Territories and support places that are recovering from crisis, such as Sierra Leone. We also provide books for refugees. This work will continue.

We recognise that we will face new challenges in reaching these communities and we are committed to working with new partners to overcome these obstacles and reach those who need books most.

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