Antonio Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, has written an op-ed on the global crisis of displacement and persecution. Never before in the 64th-year history of UNHCR has the agency had to address so much human misery.
“At the beginning of 2014, more than 51 million people were displaced from their homes, uprooted by conflict and persecution. Many more have had to flee in the past twelve months.
Protracted wars, environmental disasters, and state failure have stretched the international humanitarian-aid system passed its breaking point. If the UNHCR and other relief agencies are to address the unprecedented amount of human need, they will have to broaden their base of support. Without a massive scaling up of private-sector involvement, both in terms of shared expertise and funding support, we will fail to provide for millions of people who have lost almost everything.”
Read more here.
Angelina Jolie, a special envoy of UNHCR, has also written an op-ed on Syria and Iraq. Read it here.