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UN: 100 Mln Displaced Globally in 2022


Mon 27 Feb 2023 | 06:51 PM
Israa Farhan

On Monday, Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres said about 100 million people were forced to flee their countries due to conflicts and violence during the year 2022.

This came in a speech he delivered to the fifty-second session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Guterres mentioned that extreme poverty and hunger increased in the world for the first time in decades. “Instead of continued progress, we have seen the opposite,” the UN Secretary-General said.

It is noteworthy that UN statistics indicate that 339 million people around the world need humanitarian support during the year 2023, an increase of 25% over the previous year.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, stated earlier that the record displacement rate was “shocking and alarming.”

He emphasized that it should serve as a reminder that a solution must be prevented, an end to persecution, and the reasons behind innocent people being forced to flee their homes.

By the end of 2021, the number of displaced people around the world had reached about 90 million, according to the UNHCR, as a result of new waves of violence or the ongoing conflict in countries such as Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Myanmar, Nigeria, Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The UNHCR explained that the Ukrainian crisis, which erupted a year ago, also caused the displacement of millions, “which made us face unprecedented numbers of displaced people around the world.”