PHOTOS | World Refugee Day: focus on the internally displaced

UPDATED ON JUN 20, 2017 10:45 AM IST
Displaced Iraqi children gather behind a fence at the Hasan Sham camp for internally displaced people. According to a new report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), a record 65.6 million people worldwide were forcibly displaced from their homes due to conflict or persecution by the end of 2016. The number marks a jump of 300,000 from the end of 2015. ‘This equates to one person becoming displaced every three seconds - less than the time it takes to read this sentence’ the United Nations report said. (AFP)
Migrants and refugees stand on the deck of the vessel Golfo Azzurro after being rescued by Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms workers on the Mediterranean Sea, Friday, June 16, 2017. A Spanish aid organization Thursday rescued more than 600 migrants who were attempting the perilous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea to Europe in packed boats from Libya. (AP)
Internally displaced children who fled Raqqa city play in a camp in Ain Issa, Raqqa Governorate, Syria. (REUTERS)
Displaced Iraqis, who fled their homes in the Old City in western Mosul due to the ongoing fighting between government forces and Islamic State (IS) group fighters, are taken to the Hammam al-Alil camp, south of Mosul, on March 27, 2017. Iraqi forces renewed their assault against jihadists in Mosul's Old City, after days in which the battle was overshadowed by reports of heavy civilian casualties from air strikes. (AFP)
A South Sudanese refugee child stands at the UNHCR camp of al-Algaya in Sudan's White Nile state, south of Khartoum, on May 17, 2017. More than 95,000 South Sudanese have entered Sudan so far this year, the UN said, as thousands continue to flee war and famine in the world's youngest nation. South Sudan, which split from the north in 2011, has declared famine in parts of the country, saying a million people are on the brink of starvation. (AFP)
An evacuee looks out from a tent inside a refugee camp for people who fled from Mosul due to fighting between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants, on the outskirts of Erbil, Iraq June 10, 2017. (REUTERS)
Women on their way to Italy sit on the deck of the rescue vessel Golfo Azzurro, after being rescued by Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms workers from the Mediterranean Sea on Friday, June. 16, 2017. (AP)
Displaced Iraqi families evacuate from the modern town of Hatra and neighbouring villages, near the eponymous UNESCO-listed ancient city, southwest of the northern city of Mosul, on April 26, 2017, as pro-government Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) paramilitary forces advance during an offensive to retake the area from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. Hatra is the latest important archaeological site to be recaptured from IS. Jihadists had embarked on a campaign of destruction against archaeological sites after they seized swathes of Iraq and Syria in a lightning 2014 offensive. The full extent of the harm to Hatra remains unclear. (AFP)
Aerial view of the new settlement of displaced families in Aburoc, South Sudan on June 5, 2017. Government offensives on the West Bank of the Nile river in April and May 2017 led to the capture of several villages, including Kodok. Up to 25,000 people were displaced during these clashes, most of whom initially fled toward Aburoc. In subsequent weeks, at least 20,000 people fled to Sudan. Many of those in Aburoc walked for days on foot to reach the location without access to sufficient water due to conflict along the River Nile and arrived exhausted and weak. (AFP)
Displaced Iraqis flee during a fight between Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) forces and Islamic State militants in western Mosul, Iraq, May 15, 2017. (REUTERS)
A displaced Syrian woman waits to receive food aid on June 9, 2017 at the al-Mabrouka camp in the village of Ras al-Ain on the Syria-Turkey border, where many Syrians who fled from territory held by the Islamic State (IS) group in Raqa are taking shelter. (AFP)

Displaced Iraqi children gather behind a fence at the Hasan Sham camp for internally displaced people. According to a new report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), a record 65.6 million people worldwide were forcibly displaced from their homes due to conflict or persecution by the end of 2016. The number marks a jump of 300,000 from the end of 2015. ‘This equates to one person becoming displaced every three seconds - less than the time it takes to read this sentence’ the United Nations report said. (AFP)

Migrants and refugees stand on the deck of the vessel Golfo Azzurro after being rescued by Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms workers on the Mediterranean Sea, Friday, June 16, 2017. A Spanish aid organization Thursday rescued more than 600 migrants who were attempting the perilous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea to Europe in packed boats from Libya. (AP)

Internally displaced children who fled Raqqa city play in a camp in Ain Issa, Raqqa Governorate, Syria. (REUTERS)

Displaced Iraqis, who fled their homes in the Old City in western Mosul due to the ongoing fighting between government forces and Islamic State (IS) group fighters, are taken to the Hammam al-Alil camp, south of Mosul, on March 27, 2017. Iraqi forces renewed their assault against jihadists in Mosul's Old City, after days in which the battle was overshadowed by reports of heavy civilian casualties from air strikes. (AFP)

A South Sudanese refugee child stands at the UNHCR camp of al-Algaya in Sudan's White Nile state, south of Khartoum, on May 17, 2017. More than 95,000 South Sudanese have entered Sudan so far this year, the UN said, as thousands continue to flee war and famine in the world's youngest nation. South Sudan, which split from the north in 2011, has declared famine in parts of the country, saying a million people are on the brink of starvation. (AFP)

An evacuee looks out from a tent inside a refugee camp for people who fled from Mosul due to fighting between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants, on the outskirts of Erbil, Iraq June 10, 2017. (REUTERS)

Women on their way to Italy sit on the deck of the rescue vessel Golfo Azzurro, after being rescued by Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms workers from the Mediterranean Sea on Friday, June. 16, 2017. (AP)

Displaced Iraqi families evacuate from the modern town of Hatra and neighbouring villages, near the eponymous UNESCO-listed ancient city, southwest of the northern city of Mosul, on April 26, 2017, as pro-government Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) paramilitary forces advance during an offensive to retake the area from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. Hatra is the latest important archaeological site to be recaptured from IS. Jihadists had embarked on a campaign of destruction against archaeological sites after they seized swathes of Iraq and Syria in a lightning 2014 offensive. The full extent of the harm to Hatra remains unclear. (AFP)

Aerial view of the new settlement of displaced families in Aburoc, South Sudan on June 5, 2017. Government offensives on the West Bank of the Nile river in April and May 2017 led to the capture of several villages, including Kodok. Up to 25,000 people were displaced during these clashes, most of whom initially fled toward Aburoc. In subsequent weeks, at least 20,000 people fled to Sudan. Many of those in Aburoc walked for days on foot to reach the location without access to sufficient water due to conflict along the River Nile and arrived exhausted and weak. (AFP)

Displaced Iraqis flee during a fight between Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) forces and Islamic State militants in western Mosul, Iraq, May 15, 2017. (REUTERS)

A displaced Syrian woman waits to receive food aid on June 9, 2017 at the al-Mabrouka camp in the village of Ras al-Ain on the Syria-Turkey border, where many Syrians who fled from territory held by the Islamic State (IS) group in Raqa are taking shelter. (AFP)

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UNHCR released a report ahead of World Refugee Day stating that a record number of 65.6 Million people were forcibly displaced by war and conflict in 2016. This represents an increase of over 3,00,000 over 2015.

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