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Global Trends photo essay: Flight to Safety 2014
Added 23 Jun 2015
Global displacement, from wars, conflict, and persecution, is at the highest level ever recorded, and accelerating fast. Worldwide, one in every 122 humans is now uprooted. If displacement was the population of a country, it would be the world’s 24th biggest.
UNHCR’s new annual Global Trends report reveals a sharp escalation in the number of people forced to flee their homes, with 59.5 million forcibly displaced at the end of 2014, compared to 51.2 million a year earlier. During 2014, an average of 42,500 people became displaced every day.
The war that erupted in Syria in 2011 has propelled it into the world’s single largest driver of displacement, but instability and conflict in places like the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Burundi and Afghanistan is also contributing heavily.
With huge shortages of funding and wide gaps in the global regime for protecting victims of war, people in desperate need of help are being abandoned. Now, more than ever, the world must work together to build and preserve peace.
World Refugee Day Campaign: Refugees. Ordinary People Living Through Extraordinary Times
Added 08 Jun 2015
On World Refugee Day, June 20, UNHCR commemorates the strength and resilience of the more than 50 million people around the world forced to flee their homes due to war or human rights abuses.
In 2015 our World Refugee Day Campaign aims to bring our audiences closer to the human side of the refugee story by sharing stories of hope and resilience from refugees, returnees, IDPs and resettled refugees.
The World Refugee Day website, www.refugeeday.org, features stories from refugees who describe their passions and interests, such as cooking, music, poetry and sports. Through their testimonials, UNHCR aims to show that these are ordinary people living through extraordinary times.
Exodus from the Bay of Bengal
Added 12 May 2015
Their stories are harrowing, detailing abuse on overcrowded smugglers’ boats from Bangladesh and Myanmar. Those who survive suffer further violence – sometimes fatal – in jungle camps, until their relatives can pay for their release. Yet Rohingya and Bangladeshis continue to sail from the Bay of Bengal in large numbers, including some 25,000 who boarded smugglers' boats between January and March 2015 – almost double the number over the same period in 2014. Two photographers in Bangladesh travelled to the south-east last year to document the already substantial outflow among unregistered Rohingya.