More than 84 million people have been displaced till to date due to violence and climate change
Violence, insecurity, and climate change have displaced more than 84 million people worldwide. This information has come up in a report of the UN refugee agency UNHCR.
According to the news agency ANI, the report titled ‘Mid-Year Trend Report’ got released by UNHCR on November 11, 2021. The report covers the first six months of 2021.
The report paints a picture of a massive increase in the number of displaced people around the world. Last December/2020, the number of displaced people in the world was 82.4 million. In the next six months, this number exceeded 84 million.
The UNHCR says internal displacement has played a significant role in increasing the number.
Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, said, “The international community was failing to prevent violence, persecution and human rights abuses, which were forcing people to be displaced.”
Violence around the world forced millions to flee their homes in the first half of 2021. Most of the new displacements have taken place in Africa. 1.3 million people got displaced in the Congo. 1.2 million people got displaced in Ethiopia.
Many people got displaced from Myanmar and Afghanistan in the first six months of 2021 due to the violence.
At the same time, along with displacement, the number of refugees in the world has also increased. This number has reached about 21 million.
Filippo Grandi further added that “The international community must redouble its efforts to bring peace. At the same time, we need to ensure the necessary resources for the displaced communities and their dependents.”
The UNHCR report stated that “A deadly combination of conflict, corona pandemic, poverty, food insecurity and climate emergency has further complicated the humanitarian plight of displaced people.”