World’s displaced hits record high

The number of people displaced by war, conflict or persecution reached a record high of nearly 60 million around the world in 2014, a UN report says.

The document by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, says the number of people forced to flee their homes rose by 8.3 million from the previous year.

The continuing conflict in Syria is seen as a major factor behind the record numbers.

UNHCR head Antonio Guterres told the BBC the “world is a mess”.

“The drama is that if people think that humanitarians can clean up the mess. It’s no longer possible. We have no capacities to pick up the pieces.

“More and more people are suffering, and unfortunately for many of them there is no chance to support them.”

Mr Guterres said that the number of displaced people had increased to 42,500 per day in 2014, from 32,000 the year before.


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