Humanitarian Crises Around the World: Year in Review | NowThis World

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Almost 69 million people are forcibly displaced from their homes in the world right now. The UN estimates that about 25 million of them are refugees. The refugee population increased by almost 3 million in 2017, the biggest yearly increase that the UN has ever seen.
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And globally, displacement and refugee disasters are expected to get worse. But you might never even have heard of some of these crises.

So, as 2018 comes to a close, we’re looking back on a few of these displacement crises that didn’t make as many headlines, to highlight some things you should know.
South Sudan is now in the fifth year of its refugee crisis. It started in December 2013, when a civil war broke out just two years after the country achieved independence. What started as a political conflict was exacerbated by ethnic divisions.

In Yemen, what the NRC calls the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, is still unfolding. Upwards of 22 million people are in need of assistance as a result of the conflict since it escalated in March, 2015.

In Venezuela, the humanitarian situation has also deteriorated over the past year. There are now upwards of 2.5 million refugees forced to flee the country as a result of an economic crisis that burgeoned in 2014.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo more than 5 million people have been displaced from their homes, according to the NRC.

And finally Myanmar, where more than 700,000 have fled to neighboring Bangladesh, fleeing the systematic violence and persecution.

We couldn’t cover all of them in this video – but we’ve got a whole bunch of other content from this year that you can check out, including our field report from Kenya as well as other explainers on the crisis in the DRC, Yemen, the Rohingya, Gaza, TPS vs Refugee status, and more.

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