South Sudan's displaced see little chance of peace

A UN peacekeeper keeps watch as children gather in a camp for displaced civilians in Juba South Sudan

Most of the world's refugees come from Syria, with 5.5 million forced to flee the country in 2016.

The global number of people who have fled their homes reached a new record of 65.6 million previous year as a major new refugee crisis emerged in South Sudan, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on Monday. It found an average of 20 people were driven out from their homes every minute a year ago, the refugee agency said.

United Nations high Commissioner for refugees Filippo Grandi said that the data on internally displaced persons testify to the discouraging failure of global diplomacy.

Syria and South Sudan were far from the only countries where people were being uprooted en masse, with Monday's report also pointing to large-scale displacement in Afghanistan, Iraq and Sudan, just to name a few.

This figure includes refugee numbers and people displaced in their own countries.

Overall, the refugee population from the world's youngest country swelled 85 percent a year ago to reach 1.4 million by the end of 2016, the UNHCR report showed.

"By any measure this is an unacceptable number, and it speaks louder than ever to the need for solidarity and common goal in preventing and resolving crises", the United Nations high commissioner for refugees said in Geneva.

More than four million South Sudanese have been internally displaced and another two million have fled the country as refugees because of the four-year-old civil war.

Turkey hosts the most refugees at 2.9 million.

The majority of those displaced in the sub-Saharan country are children.

The figures are based on the agency's own data and on numbers reported by governments and non-governmental organizations.

Canada is contributing another $86 million to assist starvation and war ravaged South Sudan.

Global Trends is a statistical assessment of forced displacement, and as such a number of key developments in the refugee world in 2016 are not captured.

"But, Lebanon, another one of the neighboring countries, is the country that has the highest per capita ratio compared to the local population in terms of the number of refugees".

In contrast, almost of all of the South Sudanese refugees have sought protection in neighbouring countries such as Uganda, Ethiopia and Sudan.

It is a smaller increase than 2014-15, when the figure rose by five million, reports the BBC. In Germany, which vastly expanded its acceptance of people fleeing war from places like Syria, the number of refugees doubled to over 600,000 past year.

The biggest new factor last year was South Sudan, the world's youngest country, where the disastrous breakdown of peace efforts last July contributed to the outflow of 739,900 people by the end of the year. Tragically, 75,000 asylum claims were received from children travelling alone or separated from their parents.

"For a world in conflict, what is needed is determination and courage, not fear", Grandi said. Lebanon, where one in six people is a refugee, continued to host the largest number of refugees relative to its national population.

Related:

  • Public Protector Makes Waves With State Capture, Apartheid Bailout Reports

    Public Protector Makes Waves With State Capture, Apartheid Bailout Reports

    The price was R1.23 billion and was paid directly to Bankorp shareholders which is why Absa should not be expected to pay again. CIEX Limited was paid 600,000 British Pounds for services which were never used by the South African government.
    Mistrial declared in Cosby case after jury deadlocks again

    Mistrial declared in Cosby case after jury deadlocks again

    In the deposition, the I Spy star stated that he gave Constand three half-tablets of Benadryl before the touching began. Prosecutors suggested he drugged her with something stronger. "And I want to thank the jury for their long days".

    Verizon Completes Acquisition of Yahoo

    Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer , seen in 2014, wrote a farewell post to employees titled "Nostalgia, Gratitude & Optimism". The new company, which combines AOL and Yahoo brands such as HuffPost and Yahoo Finance, is called Oath .
  • All talk, few trades before NHL's expansion roster freeze

    The NHL Awards Show in Las Vegas begins at 8 p.m. and the Golden Knights' draft picks will be announced during the telecast. Knowing they couldn't, or wouldn't, protect Jannik Hansen, they moved the winger at the deadline to the San Jose Sharks.
    JK Rowling, Julie Walters and David Walliams recognised in Queen's birthday honours

    JK Rowling, Julie Walters and David Walliams recognised in Queen's birthday honours

    Events executive Chris Macmeikan was made an MBE for services to the music festival and live events industry. The 77-year-old presenter lost her daughter Caron, who was also a TV presenter, to breast cancer in 2004.
    DC police to charge 12 Turkish security agents

    DC police to charge 12 Turkish security agents

    While America views free speech and protest as an integral part of its democracy, the same can not be said for Turkey . Sources tell The New York Times that the guards will face several felony and misdemeanor counts.
  • Watch Andre Ward Vs. Sergey Kovalev Live Online

    Watch Andre Ward Vs. Sergey Kovalev Live Online

    But not really. "I thought he started fading at about the same point he did last time ", Ward said. "Low blow - and I felt this". In round 7 Kovalev was showing small tell tale signs of fatigue by fighting with an open mouth.
    Pence hires outside counsel to deal with Russia probe inquiries

    Pence hires outside counsel to deal with Russia probe inquiries

    "The vice president is focused entirely on his duties ... and looks forward to a swift conclusion of this matter", Agen said. He has represented Trump for years in civil matters, including a libel suit against a Trump biographer that was dismissed.

    Mario+Rabbids: Kingdom Battle Is The Best Thing You'll See Today

    Known as Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, this is a turn-based combat game with two very unlikely groups of characters. There is an exploration part of the Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle that is similar to the standard 3D Mario game.
  • Trump Intends to Nominate Jessica Rosenworcel for Return to FCC

    Trump Intends to Nominate Jessica Rosenworcel for Return to FCC

    Rosenworcel at an FCC hearing in 2015. "We applaud President Trump for nominating Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel to the FCC". Recode recently pegged Brendan Carr , now general counsel for Ajit Pai's FCC, as the favorite for the Republican slot.
    Democrats seek distance from impeachment call

    Democrats seek distance from impeachment call

    He knows the dynamic that now exists in a chamber that is led by House Speaker Paul Ryan, an ardent Trump defender and apologist. He told CNN that his name was not mentioned specifically, but he did speak with Capuano afterward about Monday's letter.

    Megyn Kelly says important to 'shine a light' on Alex Jones

    Jones pointed to how NBC crew members manipulated lighting for the interview as evidence it was a strategic attack on him. If you've ever watched Alex Jones , as I have, you might come away steeped in a dark and distorted view of the world.

Comments

Latest news

Boxer who was in critical condition after fight is dead, family says
The five fight UFC veteran earned a record of 1-4-0 in the UFC, with that lone win coming over Pat Barry at UFC 98. A heavyweight trained in jiu-jitsu, Hague put his teaching career on hold to make his pro MMA debut in 2006.

Iran's Revolutionary Guard strikes Syria for Tehran attacks
The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which accused Saudi Arabia of involvement in the attacks, had also vowed to avenge the attacks.

Cristiano Ronaldo in focus after Confederations Cup tie
The team said that he couldn't go because he was receiving post-game treatment, although it said it wasn't anything serious. Mexico equalised eight minutes later through a Javier Hernandez diving header after poor defending by the Portuguese.

Wife: Man who shot congressman wanted to work on tax policy
By Tuesday, he seemed ready to come home , asking a mechanic to make sure his tires would survive the trip back to IL . Brooks told CNN that he was contacted by Capitol Police and told his name and office number were on the list.

List of Republican congressmen found with baseball practice shooter
They will certainly challenge Republicans to take some action now that they themselves have become the target of a crazed gunman . Hodgkinson continued to post blistering Facebook assessments of Mr Trump and the Republicans in charge in Washington .

Oregon Giving Residents a Third Gender Option For Driver's Licenses
Since Shupe's petition was granted, judges in two OR counties have granted similar petitions to transgender people. California would be the first state to establish a third gender option through legislation.

Qatar says blockade by Arab states is collective punishment
Yet, contradictory signals from Washington are making the efforts at stabilizing the situation still more hard . Qataris say the deal demonstrates the "long-standing commitment" Qatar has to working with the U.S.

Admin revokes blocked program to protect immigrant parents
The announcement to continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA , was made quietly late Thursday. The DAPA program, like the one for young immigrants, was created with a policy memo, not by legislation.

Trump admin amends travel ban date to keep legal battle alive
In response, Sessions claimed that the President's executive order is "well within his lawful authority to keep the nation safe". Under the revised ban, the policies were set to take effect on March 16, meaning they would expire this week.

Five Injured In Shooting During Congressional Baseball Practice
Bailey worked as a Capitol police officer for nine years, according to his LinkedIn page, and previously worked for the U.S. Senator Mike Lee, a Utah Republican, texted Fox News to say that Mr Scalise had been shot in the hip and would survive.

American Student Freed By North Korea Arrives Home
Surrounded by North Korean guards, Warmbier delivered a highly scripted "confession" that appeared to have been written for him. Rodman told the news reporters that he has nothing to do with detained Americans on his trip to the secluded country.

Manchester bomber's brother released without charge
The suspect is a 24-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of offenses contrary to the Terrorism Act, police wrote in a tweet. He is the eight person to be released from United Kingdom custody without any further action, while another ten remain in cells.

Iranian General Says Daesh Militants Staging Attacks Under US, Saudi Guidance
Following the incident, the so-called Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility for the bombings. Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain accuse Qatar of supporting terrorism networks in the region.

Seconds podcast: The jury deliberates
Yanez never said he was sure he saw a gun, until he testified, Paulsen said. "And now they've been deprived of that role model". The mother of a black man fatally shot by a Minnesota police officer last July says her son shouldn't have died the way he did.

Citi Bike Rider Struck and Killed by Bus in Program's First Fatality
Officials from the Citi Bike programme say that more than 43 million journeys have been made since the scheme began. Hanegby was a married father of two young children and lived in the Brooklyn Heights section of Brooklyn.

Other news