2013-06-20 20:56:26

Global refugees hit highest number in two decades, driven by conflict in Syria

Today is World Refugee Day, and officials with the United Nations say this year, it’s a “somber” occasion as new data shows the number of refugees and internally displaced people has exceeded 45 million, the highest number in two decades. The UN says that amounts to people being forced from their homes every four seconds. One factor behind the increased numbers is the ongoing armed conflict in Syria. Many have fled to neighboring Iraq. UN Radio’s Zahra Mackaoui reports on one of the refugees, who left most of his family behind.

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