The High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, called for more attention and help for African nations dealing with new and old displacements.
"With more than 3 million refugees, 12.5 million internally displaced and some 700,000 stateless people in Africa, the continent represents the largest challenge for UNHCR in terms of capacity and financial requirements," Guterres told delegates at the opening session of a high-level meeting on refugees in Africa, at the start of the annual session of UNHCR's Executive Committee.
A spate of new conflicts in the Central African Republic, northern Nigeria, Libya and South Sudan has displaced more than 2.5 million people during the first six months of 2014 alone. "The combination of large new emergencies and protracted conflict and displacement situations places an enormous stress on host governments and communities", Guterres said. "As international response capacities are overstretched by the unprecedented rise in global forced displacement, and as media attention is focused elsewhere, Africa suffers disproportionally more than other regions."
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