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Number of global displaced up to 65.6 million last year

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UNHCR head UNHCR Filippo Grandi visits a UN protection site in Juba on Saturday 17 June 2017

UNHCR produces its Global Trends report annually based on its own data, the data it receives from its partner the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, and also from governments.

It's a day to "show sympathy and solidarity in words and actions - make a little space in our hearts for over 65 million people who depend on the worldwide community", Hebecker told the event attended by more than 300 people at the United Nations University in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward. Pakistan comes second with a total refugee population of 1,505,525, followed by Lebanon, which hosts 1,154,040 refugees mainly from Syria. The statistics reflect dire situations in countries such as Syria, which has been ravaged by a six-year civil war, and South Sudan, which, the United Nations report states, has suffered from a "disastrous breakdown of peace efforts".

The record number includes 22.5 million refugees, 40.3 million internally displaced people and 2.8 million asylum seekers.

"More than one million children have been forced from their homes in South Sudan, often amid horrific violence", said Leila Pakkala, a UNICEF official in the region.

The UN chief said it is "so inspiring to see countries with the least doing the most for refugees".

"Hardship, separation, death", Guterres said, recalling nightmare stories heard from refugees and displaced persons, whose number rose 300,000 since the end of 2015.

In each of the past five years, annual increases to the global total displacement have been in the millions. Some 37 countries together accepted 189,300 refugees for resettlement.

Syria's six-year civil war remains the largest single cause of displacement, with 12 million people - around two-thirds of the population - either uprooted within the country or fleeing overseas, the group said. "These incidents are a reminder of the grave dangers that people confront when forced to flee their countries because of war and persecution".

Uganda's government and the United Nations are appealing for $8 billion to deal with the crisis of refugees from South Sudan.

And it's the poor and developing countries that support them the most. Major countries that produce refugees and IDPs are Syria, South Sudan, Iraq and Colombia due to wars and violence. "Having lost their homes, their work, and sometimes their families, they don't give up, they find a way to start again".

"Ethiopia is a very good model of how a country with a limited resources and a great challenge of its own keeps its doors open, its arms open to people from neighboring countries that are in trouble and seek protection here", Grandi asserted.

There were 2 million new asylum claims in 2016.

Rome/Geneva: Nearly 66 million people were forcibly displaced from their homes a year ago, the United Nation refugee agency has reported.

Protecting refugees from persecution, violence, and sickness adds to the vast human cost of war and conflict globally. By the end of that year, one in 113 people worldwide was displaced.

Idoko said the society needed to provide the displaced persons with opportunities to rebuild their lives, reintegrate and facilitate their economic rehabilitation to enable them return to normalcy.

Conditions at the camp are dire but the 120,000 people living in "rows of tented squalor" were too scared to leave. The 39-year-old mother of eight said she was chased by men with guns when she went out to collect firewood.

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