U.N. says 50 million displaced as it marks World Refugee Day
Friday, June 20, 2014 - 01:27
The U.N. Refugee agency says more than 50 million people have been displaced worldwide. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
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They are standing in line hoping for a chance to flee eastern Ukraine.
People have packed what they can, and now they wait to see where they can go -- and in some cases for how long.
(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) NATALIA, LUHANSK RESIDENT MOVING TO ASTRAKHAN (RUSSIA), SAYING:
"How and where should I go? My sister lives in Russia and invited me to come to her place. I can visit her and stay there for a month, but what will I do next?"
Ukrainians have now joined the millions of displaced people around the globe as the U.N. marks World Refugee Day with grim statistics.
U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.N. HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES ANTONIO GUTERRES SAYING:
"If we have for the first time since the Second World War more than 50 million people displaced by war or by persecution, it's because we are witnessing a multiplication of new conflicts in the world."
Many of the newest refugees are Syrian. At a refugee camp in Jordan they are marking the day focusing on the World Cup.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) UNHCR REPRESENTATIVE TO JORDAN, ANDREW HARPER, SAYING:
"They're recreating the World Cup in their eyes, and they're having a fantastic time. This match will be followed by a match involving women's teams. This is what we have to focus on, "
The game is a reminder of a life left behind -- at a time when the future offers few guarantees.
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