Geneva, Jun 20 (EFE).- World leaders are unable or unwilling to resolve conflicts that have forced 100 million people to flee their homes worldwide, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said Monday.
“We at UNHCR recently announced the seemingly unimaginable: 100 million people have now been forced to flee their homes,” Grandi said in a message to mark World Refugee Day.
“Yet this year we are again reminded of the work we have ahead of us as world leaders remain unable or unwilling to resolve conflicts,” he added.
Grandi said the war in Ukraine was contributing to the “staggering” figure as well as ongoing conflicts in Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Myanmar, Nigeria, Afghanistan, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
“The solutions deficit continues to grow as more people are forced to flee than are able to return home, resettle to a third country, or integrate fully into the country where they have sought safety,” he said.
“In other words, forced displacement is outpacing solutions for those on the run,” Grandi added.
The UNHCR chief urged leaders to work together to “make peace and resolve the plight” for people who have been forced to flee their homes with “lasting and humane solutions.”
“The world has a choice: either come together to reverse the trend of persecution, violence, and war, or accept that the legacy of the 21st century is one of continued forced displacement. We all know which is the right – and smart – thing to do.” EFE