World Refugee Day: Global forced
displacement tops 50 million for first time
in post-World War II era
An Eritrean asylum seeker looks through a gap of a temporary shelter on the sidewalk in Sanaa, Yemen, June 20. Since April 29, over 200 Eritrean asylum seekers including
women and children living on the streets of Sanaa wait to be resettled to a third country. For the first time since the World War II era, the number of people forced from their
homes worldwide has surged past 50 million, the United Nations refugee agency said Friday. (Hani Mohammed/Associated Press)
Afghan migrant Rahman Jan Safi, 24, (L) greets asylum-seeker receiving a haircut at their shelter at the harbour in Calais, northern France May 4. Safi fled his home country
Afghanistan in 2007 and started his long journey through Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Greece, and Italy before finally arriving in France and making his way to Calais. Safi gained a
French residency permit and now works for an association known as the "Auberge des Migrants". The organization helps feed and clothe migrants who are in Calais and who,
for the most part, hope to make it across the Channel to England. (Christian Hartmann/Reuters)
A young mother holds her child in her IDP (Internaly Displaced Persons) shelter in the UNMISS camp on June 20 in Juba, South Sudan. The UNMISS will be closing the IDP site
and relocating them to a new site in Jebel Area due to the congestion at the current site in Tomping. (CHARLES LOMODONG/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman carries blankets and carpets on her head on June 11 at the Zam Zam refugee camp in North Darfur, Sudan. Thousands of people have fled Sudanese villages in the
wake of armed militia attacks.
Albert Gonzalez Farran/UNAMID/AP
An Afghan refugee woman carries her child at a special medical camp organized by UNHCR with the co-ordination of Pakistan Medical Dental Association to mark World
Refugees Day in Islamabad on June 20. The UNHCR said there were 51.2 million forcibly displaced people at the end of 2013, a full six million higher than the previous year.
(FAROOQ NAEEM/AFP/Getty Images)
Alain Diabanza, 35, teaches French to a student in Malaga, Spain on May 29. Diabanza was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which was ravaged by a brutal conflict
from 1998-2003. He went to Angola, Senegal and then Morocco from where he swam to the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. Now he lives in Malaga, where he works as a French
teacher and is in a relationship with a social worker named Paula. They are expecting a baby. (Juan Medina/Reuters)
Roqya, 8, sits in her bed March 10 at the Fayda camp. Roqya and her family fled Homs, Syria, after her father never returned from getting food one morning.
People fleeing the military offensive against the Pakistani militants in North Waziristan, travel atop a vehicle with their belongings while entering Bannu, located in Pakistan's
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, June 20. (Ihsan Khattak/Reuters)
Afghan migrant Rahman Jan Safi, 24, stands on the beach front in Calais, northern France, May 4. Safi fled his home country Afghanistan in 2007 and started his long journey
through Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Greece, and Italy before finally arriving in France and making his way to Calais. Safi gained a French residency permit and now works for an
association known as the "Auberge des Migrants". (Christian Hartmann/Reuters)
Shahd, 2, walks in a field on March 9 near the Fayda camp. She and her mother fled Homs, Syria, when she was only a year old.
Michael Telleria poses for a photograph with his girlfriend Ana Maria Ipanaque at his home in the Cuban neighbourhood on the outskirts of Lima in Villa El Salvador May 30.
Michael Telleria left Cuba with his parents when he was six years old. Hoping to escape the government of Fidel Castro, they were among some 10,000 Cubans who
descended on the Peruvian embassy in Havana in 1980, seeking asylum. Telleria's family hoped to reach the United States, but they didn't make it further than Peru. Telleria
now lives in Lima and makes a living selling candies on the bus. (Mariana Bazo/Reuters)
A Syrian refugee student waits in her classroom for the arrival of World Bank President Jim Yong Kim at a Lebanese public school in the Burj Hammoud area, east Beirut,
Lebanon, June 3. (Hussein Malla/Associated Press)
Sinnuyar Baekon's twin babies sleep inside her hut at a refugee camp outside Sittwe, the capital city of Rakhine state June 9. Baekon is among many Rohingya Muslims living
in squalid camps in Myanmar after being displaced by religious unrest. Baekon is from Rakhine state, where her family home was burned down in religious riots that broke
out in June 2012. (Soe Zeya/Reuters)
African refugees live at a temporary shelter beside a road on World Refugee Day in Sana'a, Yemen, June 20. The number of African refugees who have come to Yemen during
the past few years has reached 750,000, most of them are Somalis. (YAHYA ARHAB/EPA)
Zarina, 6, poses at a camp for internally displaced Afghans on Friday near Kabul, Afghanistan. The U.N. refugee agency said Friday that more than 50 million people worldwide
had been forced from their homes by the end of 2013, the highest refugee count since World War II.
Iraqi children carry water to their tent at a temporary displacement camp set up next to a Kurdish checkpoint on June 13 in Kalak, Iraq. Thousands of people have fled Iraq's
second city of Mosul after it was overrun by ISAS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) militants. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Syrian children, who are living at the Al Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, fight as they perform an interpretation of Shakespearean plays "Hamlet" and "King Lear", during the
"Shakespeare in Zaatari" event at the Roman Amphitheatre in Amman May 30. The play aims to deliver a message of peace to the world and to draw attention to the
situation of Syrian refugees in refugee camps. Organizers hope that it will also provide psychological support for the children through the use of social drama. (Muhammad
eshmerga military direct traffic at a Kurdish Check point on June 14 in Kalak, Iraq. Thousands of people have fled Iraq's second city of Mosul after it was overrun by ISIS
(Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) militants. Many have been temporarily housed at various IDP (internally displaced persons) camps around the region including the area close
to Erbil, as they hope to enter the safety of the nearby Kurdish region. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
A woman washes clothing at a refugee camp Friday near Kabul, Afghanistan. The plight of millions of refugees everywhere is marked on World Refugee Day.
Refugees, who fled the military offensive against the Pakistani militants in North Waziristan, sit on a bed they used to sleep rough overnight in Bannu, located in Pakistan's
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province June 19. (Zahid Mohammad/Reuters)
Iraqis who have fled the violence in their hometown of Mosul arrive at Khazir refugee camp Monday near Erbil, Iraq. It is estimated that more than 1 million Iraqis have been
displaced this year.
Yammama, 11, walks through the Fayda camp on March 9. Her mother, four brothers and sister fled Syria with her after bombs exploded near their house.
Afghan refugees go through IRIS scan as they leave for Afghanistan, at United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) registration center on the eve of the World
Refugee Day in Chamkani, on the outskirts of Peshawar, Pakistan, June 19. Under a UNHCR voluntary repatriation program started in March 2002, millions of Afghans have
gone back home, but there are more than 1.7 million still residing in Pakistan, a majority of whom have lived in this neighboring country for decades. (ARSHAD ARBAB/EPA)
A Palestinian boys uses a basketball to play soccer in the West Bank refugee camp of Jalazoun on June 13. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press)
Fahda, 6, hangs on to her mother on March 10 in the Fayda camp. After two mortars landed on her house in Syria, she reportedly was terrified of loud noises.
Syrian refugees gather in the Fayda camp on March 10 near Beirut. Refugees were in the camp after fleeing the war in Syria.
An Afghan refugee girl yawns as she sits with others to have a medical check-up at a health clinic set up by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on
June 20. (Faisal Mahmood/Reuters)
Palestinian children are seen near their house at the al-Shati refugee camp on Wednesday near Gaza City. The camp is the third-largest refugee camp in the Palestinian
A Syrian refugee child carries water in the Fayda camp on March 10 near Beirut.
Refugee children from the Shan refugee community in Myanmar rehearse before the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) event ahead of the upcoming
World Refugee Day in Kuala Lumpur on June 18. (MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A Syrian refugee woman hangs laundry on Thursday at a refugee camp in the eastern Lebanese town of Majdal Anjar.