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Thursday, June 18

Record 60 million refugees in 2014: UN dialing for dollars

Record 60 Million Fled 'Out of Control' Violence in 2014: UN
Agence France-Presse via NDTV (India)
June 18, 2015 10:58 IST

GENEVA:  Conflicts and violence raging around the world sent the number of people forced to flee their homes soaring to a record 60 million last year, the United Nations said today.

That is 8.3 million more refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) in the world than in 2013 - the highest-ever increase in a single year, the UN refugee agency said in a report titled 'World at War'.

"We are witnessing a paradigm change, an unchecked slide into an era in which the scale of global forced displacement as well as the response required is now clearly dwarfing anything seen before" UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres told reporters ahead of the launch of UNHCR's annual report.
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Okie-dokie.  None of the refugees were fleeing drought. Check. The Salon writer was talking through her hat when she noted that many female refugees to the USA were fleeing violence against women, as well as intimate partner and domestic violence in their home countries  Check.  No Christians or other religious minorities in Muslim countries were fleeing religious persecution. Check. Nobody was fleeing in search of a job and better living conditions in Europe and other 'developed regions.  Check. 

No, everybody was fleeing the violence of war. Okay, if the United Nations says so.

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