Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
World News | By Cecilia Wilkerson

South Sudan's displaced see little chance of peace

South Sudan's displaced see little chance of peace

The numbers of those displaced is likely to be over a million by end of the year, UNHCR said.

"At the end of 2016, there were 65.6 million people forcibly displaced worldwide", the United Nations refugee agency said in a statement, stressing that this was a "new unprecedented high".

More than 950,000 people have fled south to Uganda from South Sudan in recent months - majority women and children - but many refugee camps lack basic services such as food, water and shelter.

Another 2 million people are internally displaced.

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.

This file photo taken on June 4, 2017 shows a girl resting with other Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) on a mat in the Kasai Province in Kikwit. Then there are asylum-seekers who have fled their country but haven't been granted refugee status.

While the UNHCR's annual count marked a new high, the flow slowed for the first time in several years in 2016.

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But UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said it was still a disheartening failure of worldwide diplomacy.

Syria's six-year conflict alone has sent more than 5.5 million people seeking safety in other countries, including 825,000 last year alone, making it the world's biggest producer of refugees.

Despite this, the country has received only 17 percent of the money needed to provide the most basic support to refugees and host communities so far this year.

South Sudan, with a little over a quarter, has the next-biggest proportion - and fastest growing displaced population overall, the agency said.

Ongoing crises in sub-Saharan Africa have resulted in large and sudden population displacements, which results in neighboring countries opening their borders to those fleeing conflict.

This was announced by the Agency for refugees of the United Nations.

The report also supplied data on host countries, revealing that Turkey hosted the most refugees in 2016, with almost three million fleeing to Turkey for safety.

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It is a smaller increase than 2014-15, when the figure rose by five million, reports the BBC. Only Syria witnessed a larger number of new refugees at 824,000. About 3.3 million people were displaced, with 737,400 being externally displaced.

Donor countries should not only take in refugees but should also help to fund poorer host countries that are severely strained by helping their neighbours, the UNCHR said.

While Grandi said ensuring people were safe was important, he warned against setting up "kingdoms of dependency" like the sprawling camps for Somali refugees in Dadaab in northern Kenya that have become permanent settlements.

Programmes aimed at returning refugees to their home countries worked better than in previous years, with 552,200 refugees taking up such offers last year.

He said about 2,000 people crossed the border from South Sudan into Uganda each day over the last twelve months.

A third (4.9 million people) are hosted by the world's least developed countries.

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