World Refugee Day: Global Refugee Crisis worse than ever 

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June 20, Geneva: The UNHCR on the occasion off the World Refugee day has stated that the World is facing a staggering crisis as the number of forcibly displaced people has risen to record numbers of 59.5 million at the end of 2014.

According to UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres while talking on the issue stated that those think who that it doesn’t matter if people are displaced because humanitarian organizations will be there and able to clean up the mess, “I think it’s important to say that we are no longer able to clean up the mess,” he said, before adding that the UN agencies, NGOs, the Red Cross — we no longer have the capacities and the resources to respond to such a dramatic increase in humanitarian needs.

Guterres had issued the warning just a few hours after UNHCR had issued its annual Global Trends Report: World at War, refugee crisis(available at http://unhcr.org/556725e69.html) showing worldwide displacement at the highest level ever recorded.

According to the report the number of people forcibly displaced at the end of 2014 as a result of war, conflict and persecution had risen to a staggering 59.5 million compared to 51.2 million a year earlier and 37.5 million a decade ago.The Report shows that one in every 122 people is either a refugee who has been internally displaced or is seeking asylum — those 59.5 million people together represent the World‘s 24th largest population.

In his statement on Saturday, Guterres has called on the World‘s richer nations to “shoulder collectively the burden of helping the victims of war” or risk letting less wealthy nations — which take in 86% of the World‘s refugees — become overwhelmed and unstable. “Since the beginnings of civilization, we have treated refugees as deserving of our protection. Whatever our differences, we have recognized a fundamental human obligation to shelter those fleeing from war and persecution,” he said.
“Yet today, some of the wealthiest among us are challenging this ancient principle, casting refugees as gate crashers, job seekers or terrorists. This is a dangerous course of action, short-sighted, morally wrong, and — in some cases — in breach of international obligations.”

The report further states that, most of the refugees come from the Middle East, with 7.6 million Syrians taking to the road within their own country, and 3.88 million having become refugees. There are many more refugees coming from sub-Saharan Africa, the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo and elsewhere.

Similarly,  the report highlights the growing numbers of people fleeing Myanmar in Asia and a  rise in the number of people seeking to escape gang violence in Central America.

“Refugees are people like anyone else, like you and me. They led ordinary lives before becoming displaced, and their biggest dream is to be able to live normally again. On this World Refugee Day, let us recall our common humanity, celebrate tolerance and diversity and open our hearts to refugees everywhere,” said UN General Secretary Ban Ki Moon on Saturday.

The Oslo Times

 

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