Over 50 Million Displaced Globally

    Families fleeing the violence in the Iraqi city of Mosul arrive at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Arbil, in Iraq's Kurdistan region June 12, 2014. Iraqi Kurds took control of the northern oil city of Kirkuk on Thursday after government forces abandoned their posts in the face of a sweeping Sunni Islamist rebel push towards Baghdad that threatens Iraq's future as a unified state. Peshmerga fighters, the security forces of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish north, swept into bases in Kirkuk vacated by the army, a peshmerga spokesman said.  REUTERS/Stringer (IRAQ - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS) - RTR3TEKL


    With conflict in Syria, South Sudan, Central African Republic, Iraq, Kenya, and Afghanistan, there are now more displaced people worldwide than at any time since World War II. According to the United Nations, the number for 2013 is in excess of 50 million people. That number is likely to be even higher, because it does not count the most recent fighting in Iraq. “We are seeing here the immense costs of not ending wars, of failing to resolve or prevent conflict,” U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said in the report. The report is released annually on World Refugee Day by the UNHCR. The countries hosting the most refugees are Pakistan, Iran, and Lebanon. Afghans, Syrians, and Somalis make up the majority of refugees.

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