1 million minors flee Sudanese war


Ahead of World Refugee Day on Tuesday, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in its annual Global Trends report that 65.6 million people were forcibly displaced worldwide by the end of 2016.

While the 2016 total is high-representing an enormous number of people needing protection worldwide-it also shows that growth in displacement slowed past year.

One of the fastest growing refugee populations was sparked by conflict in South Sudan after Africa's longest civil war left 2.2 million people displaced in 2011.

Global Trends, the annual report from the United Nations refugee agency, said "forced displacements" took place every three seconds.

"But it's also a moment to recognise those communities and people around the world who receive refugees and the internally displaced in their midst, offering them a safe place, and welcoming them in their schools, their workplaces and their societies". These people are classified as internally displaced people.

"By any measure this is an unacceptable number", UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said in a statement accompanying the report.

This adds up to an enormous human cost of war and persecution globally: 65.6 million means that on average one in every 113 people worldwide is today someone who is displaced - a population bigger than that of the world's 21 most populous country, the United Kingdom. "But, Lebanon, another one of the neighboring countries, is the country that has the highest per capita ratio compared to the local population in terms of the number of refugees".

But the United Nations high commissioner for refugees Filippo Grandi said it was still a disheartening failure of global diplomacy.

Monday's report also pointed out that, despite huge focus on Europe's migrant crisis, it is poorer countries that host most of the world's refugees.

Eight-year-old unaccompanied minor Issa Aj sits alone in Fufore camp for internally displaced persons in Adamawa State, north-east Nigeria.

The number of displaced people rose by 300,000 in 2015 to 65.6 million at the end of December.

The Horn of Africa country now is ranked as the second most refugee-friendly African country only behind Uganda. "These incidents are a reminder of the grave dangers that people confront when forced to flee their countries because of war and persecution".

NPQ has reported extensively on the worldwide refugee crisis and internally displaced people and how nonprofit organizations are playing a role.

The 65 million figure is the greatest number that has been recorded after the Second World War.

The crisis in Syria had caused other emergencies, such as South Sudan's civil war, to be overshadowed, said the report. In total, 189,300 refugees were accepted for resettlement by 37 different countries. The number of people uprooted within their own countries was down slightly a year ago, as was the number of asylum seekers.

"We hope that further progress on the peace talks can lay the groundwork for the peace and reconciliation needed for IDPs and refugees to return home voluntarily, in safety and dignity, in the near future", said Vivian Tan.



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