Populations at risk



Everywhere in the world, children, women and men are in a situation of great vulnerability. Many of them see their lives threatened by the dramatic consequences of armed conflicts, natural and climatic disasters, epidemics, and economic collapses.

Conflict-affected populations are often forced to leave their towns/villages to escape these hardships. They head to refugee or displaced persons camps or other cities/villages, where they struggle to meet their basic needs for food, water, shelter and sanitation.

Similarly, people who are victims of natural disasters or climatic shocks – earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, floods, intense drought – are deeply affected by these events: their homes are often demolished, their crops destroyed, their livestock decimated…

It is also important to remember the dramatic effects of epidemics and their rapid progression in certain regions of the world, due to the lack of sanitary and hydraulic infrastructures. Often, it is the populations already in a vulnerable situation, living in precarious conditions, who are particularly exposed.

Finally, the economic collapses have obviously a serious impact on the populations, as shown by the massive exodus of “caminantes” in Colombia.

These conflicts, disasters, epidemics and economic collapses have the common characteristic that they make it impossible, or at least very difficult, for the affected populations to access water, sanitation, hygiene, food and safe shelter. SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL is working in many countries to help them meet their basic needs, both in emergencies and in the long term. In all circumstances, protection, dignity and autonomy are the ultimate goals of SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL.

In 2020, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL supported more than 5.1 million people around the world.

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