Global refugee figure passes 50m for first time since second world war

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UNHCR report says more than half of those displaced are children, with aids organisations reaching breaking point Women and their children sit outside their tents at the Zam Zam refugee camp for internally displaced people in North Darfur, Sudan. Photograph: Albert Gonzalez Farran/AP/UNAMID The number of people forced to flee their homes across the world has exceeded 50 million for the first time since the second world war, an exponential rise that is stretching host countries and aid organisations to breaking point, according to figures released on Friday. Half the world’s refugees are children, many travelling alone or in groups in a desperate quest for sanctuary, and often falling into…

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