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UNHCR: Refugee numbers highest since World War II
UNHCR: Refugee numbers highest since World War II

Imagine if some crisis — war, famine, ecological disaster — suddenly displaced the entire populations of California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho. That would be some 51 million people driven from their homes and on the move, seeking food, shelter and safety. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, that is about how many refugees there were in the world at the end of 2013, the highest level since World War II (of course, there are more than twice as many people in the world now). As then, many have been rousted by war, particularly in Syria and central Africa, places where renewed violence already this year has added hundreds of thousands more...

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