When looking at the sheer number of refugees around the world, it’s easy to become disillusioned. According to a June report , nearly 60 million people were forcibly displaced from their homes at the end of 2014, 19.5 million of whom were refugees (up from 16.7 million in the previous year). Half of those refugees were children. And there isn’t an end to the crisis in sight, due in large part to conflicts in the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa. There are currently more than 4 million Syrian refugees displaced throughout various countries, not including more than 7.6 million people internally displaced within the country. In July, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres called them “the biggest refugee population from a single conflict in a generation,” while the number of global refugees and internally displaced people is at its highest point since World War II . See also: Voices from the Mediterranean: Migrants reveal how they ended up here When those hard facts and figures fail to garner the general public’s attention, human stories and striking images — like the tragic photo of a Syrian refugee boy’s lifeless body that washed ashore in a Turkey resort town Wednesday morning… Read full this story
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