Refugee Children At An All-Time High. The Staggering Numbers Are Hard To Believe.

June 20 is World Refugee Day and according to new estimates by the UN, the humanitarian crisis of violent conflicts all over the world have risen to disturbing new levels.

The number of displaced people in the world due to violent conflicts is the highest since World War II.

According to the Washington Post:

“Pushed up dramatically by the war in Syria, the total number of people displaced by violence reached more than 51 million at the end of 2013, according to the agency’s 'Global Trends' report for the year. This included 33.3 million people who fled violence but remained in their own country and 16.7 million refugees who fled to neighboring countries.”

Papua New Guinea:

Papua New Guinea

“More than 9,000 West Papuan refugees have fled persecution from Indonesia-controlled West Papua and who remain, according to the United Nations, 'in need of durable solutions.'

Numbers will continue to rise as persecution of West Papuans seeking their right to self-determination from Indonesia goes on."



The war in Afghanistan set off one of the largest child migrations in history.


By the end of 2013, neighboring country Pakistan continued to host the largest number of refugees in the world (1.6 million), nearly all from Afghanistan, according to this year’s report released by United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).



One of the most dangerous places in the world to be a child is Syria, according to the United Nations.


“5.5 million Syrian children have been affected by a brutal, three-year conflict. 2.8 million children are no longer in school and more than 1 million are living as refugees in neighboring countries.”




As of 2013, "an estimated 2.6 million Congolese are internally displaced, and more than 460,000 have fled their homes into neighboring countries."


Myanmar (Burma):


Around 300 Rohingya Muslims have been ruthlessly killed in Burma (Myanmar) and up to 140,000 displaced in the South Asian country, according to data provided by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Rakhine State

An Associated Press report last year described how the threat of genocide in the northern Rakhine State, home to 80 percent of the country's 1 million Rohingya, affected the lives of children who didn’t have access to adequate education, food or healthcare.


A total of 494,000 people have been uprooted across South Sudan, the United Nations says.


The conflict has displaced more than 700,000 people including nearly 380,000 children, according to UNICEF.


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