The UN Refugee Agency reports that there were 59.5 million displaced people by the end of 2014, 19.5 million of whom are refugees. Half of these are children.
As of June 2015, there are 2,013 people in detention facilities across Australia, with a further 1,189 in community detention. Offshore, there are currently 655 people in detention in Nauru and 945 on Manus Island. There are 857 children in detention in total.
In a hospital-turned-refugee centre in Germany, a Ghanaian asylum seeker just named her new-born daughter Angela Merkel Ade, in honour of the German chancellor.
The 26-year-old mother is proud of the name she chose, declaring that the chancellor is “a good woman. I like her.”
Indeed, we should all take hope that ongoing meetings between the German chancellor and French president François Hollande will yield bold humanitarian policies that will ensure that little Angela Merkel Ade, and other children just like her all over the world, will be able to live happy and secure lives.