August 19, 2016

Before resilience wanes

There has been an alarming increase in the number of people forcibly displaced from their homes around the world, according to a report released on 20 June by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The number of refugees is estimated to be more than the population of France, Italy and the United Kingdom combined.
More than 65 million people have been displaced, with children accounting for more than half of the total number. Nearly 41 million of those accounted are displaced in their own countries. Measured against the world’s population of 7 billion, these statistics show that one in every 113 people globally is a refugee. The size of human suffering signals that governments across the world need to work together to address and combat this issue.
According to the Global Report on Internal Displacement of May 2016 (GRID 2016) by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), Myanmar has witnessed more than 640,000 people displaced by armed conflict. However, the UNHCR in its report ranked our country as the second largest producer of both refugees and internally displaced people in the Asia and Pacific region, estimating the numbers at 451,800 and 451,000 respectively.
To enrich our society and strengthen our collective security, we are bound to alleviate the suffering and plight of victims in conflict areas. We must promote dedication and determination that will see an end to the issue. We have had enough of political and ethnic conflicts. Now is the time for solutions to outnumber problems, before resilience wanes.


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