1 million minors flee Sudanese war

UN Record 65.6M people forcibly displaced worldwide

The number of displaced people in the world has nearly doubled in 20 years, according to a report released today by the United Nations' refugee agency.

The figures released ahead of World Refugee Day and a Uganda Solidality Summit on Refugees this week, showed that a full 10.3 million of the world's displaced people fled their homes previous year alone, including 3.4 million who crossed global borders to become refugees.

According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, almost 66 million people were forcibly displaced from their homes a year ago as a result of persecution, violence and human rights violations.

Syria had the second highest number of people listed as internally displaced past year, with just over 6 million.

The 2016 report showed that the number of refugees worldwide reached 22.5 million, the most ever.

The number of South Sudanese refugees has risen to about 1.9 million this year, with a similar number internally displaced, said the United Nations refugee agency. It also urged greater global efforts to tackle the root causes behind the movement of people to Libya - conflicts and poverty - as many of those arriving in the country found it hard to leave again if not by sea.

The global community should do more to help South Sudan, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, said after visiting a camp for the displaced.

Another 40 million people were displaced within the borders of their own countries, about 500,000 fewer than in 2015.

Another 22.5 million people - half of them children - were registered as refugees past year, the UNHCR report showed, pointing out that this is "the highest level ever recorded".

This is "the highest figure since we started recording these figures", UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi told reporters ahead of the report launch. The war in Syria, now in its seventh year, has created a total of 5.5 million refugees as of 2016.

"The world seems to have become unable to make peace", Grandi said.

Conflicts in Syria and South Sudan have dramatically driven up numbers.

UNHCR's annual report ranked these three countries as the top hosts for refugees since 2011.

Africa has two of the world's largest refugee camps, Dadaab in Kenya and Bidi Bidi in Uganda. Weeks before, Addis Ababa confirmed that emergency food aid was running out with 1.7 million people likely to be without food by the end of June 2017. And according to UNHCR's latest global trends report, more than 97,000 people recognized by the United Nations as refugees were living in Canada at the end of 2016.

"Hardship, separation, death", Guterres said, recalling nightmare stories heard from refugees and displaced persons, whose number rose 300,000 since the end of 2015.

About half of the refugee population last year were children younger than 18 years of age, according the report.

Among those refugees who managed to flee to another country, Syrians had the highest asylum acceptance rate, at 99 per cent, followed by Iraqis (68 per cent), Iranians (59 per cent), Afghans (57 per cent) and Pakistanis (24%). There were 1.4 million refugees in Pakistan and 1 million in Lebanon.

"Day after day, week after week, children are being received by countries such as Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya".

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