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Canada contributes $86M more to assist South Sudan famine, civil war crisis

20 June 2017, 12:11 | Bernice Figueroa

Among displaced people living there is Anjelina, who fled her home with her three children two years ago, first settling in one of the protection sites.

Up to 65.6 million people were displaced due to war and persecution at the beginning of 2017, according to new displacement figures launched by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Monday.

All in all, more than 737,000 people fled the conflict in South Sudan a year ago.

"It speaks louder than ever to the need for solidarity and common objective in preventing and resolving crises, and ensuring together that the world's refugees, internally displaced and asylum-seekers are properly protected and cared for while solutions are pursued".

Along with the 6.3 million Syrians displaced inside the country, these numbers show that a almost two thirds of all Syrians have been forced from their homes, the report said.

There are plans to expand the programme and open similar sites throughout the country to give assistance and hope to millions of displaced people, although both hope and cash are in short supply.

Among the refugees, asylum seekers - people who have fled their country and are seeking global protection - totaled 2.8 million by the end of 2016.


Germany, the USA, Italy and Turkey received the highest number of asylum applications in 2016, with more than 2 million claims lodged. The head of the UN's UNHCR refugee agency, Filippo Grandi, said world powers had to step up pressure on South Sudan's warring parties to go back to talks on ending a civil war that has forced about a third of the population to flee.

The conflict in Syria has produced the largest number of refugees at 5.5 million and displaced people overall at 12 million people. Turkey hosted the most refugees with 2.9 million people. However in 2016 the biggest new factor was South Sudan, where the disastrous break-off of peace efforts in July of that year contributed to an outflow of 737,400 people by the end of the year.

Of the 65.6 million displaced people in the world, 10.3 million had become displaced in 2016.

Figures are based on the agency's own data and on numbers reported by governments and non-governmental organizations. The conflict in Syria was the world's biggest producer of refugees (5.5 million).

A new report has found that more people than ever before have become refugees or are internally displaced worldwide because of war, violence, and persecution.

This huge imbalance reflects several things including the lack of consensus internationally when it comes to hosting refugees, and the proximity of many poor countries to regions of conflict.

"Only the silencing of weapons can alleviate the humanitarian crisis that is now affecting close to half of South Sudan's population", Bibeau said in a statement. Afghanistan had produced the largest number of refugees for 32 years before conditions worsened in Iraq and Syria. Lebanon, where one in six people is a refugee, continued to host the largest number of refugees relative to its national population. The country allows refugees to work and travel freely, access Ugandan social services and gives them a plot of land to live on, and another to farm.



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