South Sudan's displaced see little chance of peace

Women wait to receive food by International Committee of the Red Cross at a site in Leer County region of South Sudan in April. Canada has announced more funding to help people there affected by civil war and famine

In 2016 the leading global agency for refugees provided emergency equipment to refugees and other displaced and stateless people including 256,000 tents, 804,000 solar lanterns, 1.2 million mosquito nets, 3.4 million plastic sheets and 6.6 million blankets.

The agency's annual Global Trends report, a statistical assessment of refugees, asylum seekers and people forcibly displaced from their homes, reflected a worsening of conflict, mayhem and persecution.

The report warns that although the growth in the number of displaced people has slowed for the first time in recent years, large numbers of people are on the move.

Out of the 65.6 million worldwide total, 22.5 million are refugees, 40.3 million are internally displaced and 2.8 million are asylum seekers.

In addition, the figure "illustrates the need for countries and communities supporting refugees and other displaced people to be robustly resourced and supported", UNHCR said, warning that the absence can create instability in the host countries. Another two million have fled the country as refugees.

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The U.N. attributes a lot of that uptick to the Syrian war.

Most of the world's refugees come from Syria, with 5.5 million forced to flee the country in 2016.

Uganda, for instance, has over the past year received more than 2,000 refugees from South Sudan each and every day - more than many European countries took in a year, NRC chief Egeland pointed out.

South Sudan has the fastest-growing displaced population in the world after peace efforts in the country fizzled out in July.

The "unprecedented high" reveals that one in every 113 people worldwide is displaced and a person was displaced every three seconds in 2016, half of which were children under age eighteen. But the UN Refugee Agency says this should not deter governments from taking concrete action today.

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Canada announced an additional contribution of $86 million to assist starvation and war ravaged South Sudan.

A full 84 per cent of refugees are living in low- and middle-income countries, UNHCR said, blaming this "huge imbalance" on "the continuing lack of consensus internationally when it comes to refugee hosting and the proximity of many poor countries to regions of conflict". Only Syria witnessed a larger number of new refugees, 824,000.

"We're talking about people who are used to going through shocks and stresses, but they've just exhausted their coping mechanisms".

The United Nations (UN) has said that now 60 million people in the world are refugees, asylum seekers or homeless in their own country whereas Pakistan hosts 1.4 million refugees. About 3.3 million people were displaced, with 737,400 being externally displaced. The country allows refugees to work and travel freely, access Ugandan social services and gives them a plot of land to live on, and another to farm.

"This huge imbalance reflects several things including the continuing lack of consensus internationally when it comes to refugee hosting and the proximity of many poor countries to regions of conflict", the United Nations agency said.

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At least 10 million people are estimated to be stateless, the United Nations report found.

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