Does God Make Natural Disasters? And How Israel Teaches Us to Take Our Lumps

Conflict, Climate Disasters Drive Number Of Internally Displaced Children To Record 25 Million In 2021

Conflict, violence, and climate-related disasters drove the number of internally displaced children up by nearly 10% to a record 25.2 million in 2021, Save the Children said, with fears this will rise further in 2022 with millions forced from their homes in Ukraine.

During 2021, 38 million people were displaced across….children make up 42% of the world’s displaced people…

Newly released annual data from the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) showed the number of people living in internal displacement globally hit a record 59.1million at the end of 2021, up from 55 million a year earlier.

The number of children uprooted rose from 23 million in 2020 to 25.2 million in 2021 – equivalent to the population of Australia or Niger.

During 2021, 38 million people were displaced across 141 countries and territories, the second highest annual figure in a decade after 2020’s record-breaking year for disaster displacement. Natural disasters accounted for most of this movement, but the number forced from their homes by conflict and violence also reached the highest record, at 14.4 million…READ ON

Does God Make Natural Disasters? And How Israel Teaches Us to Take Our Lumps

Israel is known for many things, not least of which is being first on the scene after another nation suffers a natural disaster. Despite its small size, Israel can be found providing disproportionate assistance following earthquakes, tsunamis and all manner of other calamities anywhere in the world.

Israeli search and rescue teams pull survivors from the rubble after the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti. Photo: IDF Spokesman

The Jewish state, the IDF Homefront Command and the country’s various aid organizations are today recognized as experts in search and rescue, and in providing emergency medical treatment on a mass scale.

This expertise has been honed over decades of helping others and dealing with catastrophes here at home…READ ON

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