Pictures: World Refugee Day 2013

Published June 20th, 2013 - 13:58 GMT

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Image 1 of 8: Palestinians receive food aid from the United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) in the al-Shati camp, Gaza (Getty)

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Image 1 of 8: Syrians at a Turkish refugee camp (Getty)

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Image 1 of 8: Syrian-Kurdish refugees walk along a dirt road at the Domiz refugee camp, 20 km southeast of the northern Iraqi city of Dohuk (AFP)

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Image 1 of 8: A woman looks at dresses in a covered stall in the northern Jordanian Zaatari refugee camp, now home to 160,000 Syrians (AFP)

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Image 1 of 8: US actress Angelina Jolie listening to Syrian refugees in a Jordanian military camp based the the Jordan-Syria border (UNHCR / AFP)

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Image 1 of 8: War and other crises drove one person from their home every 4.1 seconds last year, the UN refugee agency reported, pushing the number of people forcibly displaced to a two-decade high of 45.2 million (Getty)

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Image 1 of 8: Somali refugees wait for water, Dadaab, Kenya. The three camps at Dadaab, which were designed for 90,000 people, now have a population of about 250,000 Somali civilians (AFP)

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Image 1 of 8: Sudanese women wave their national flag as they wait for the arrival of special envoys in the Shangil Tobaya area for displaced people in North Darfur state (AFP)

World Refugee Day 2013 comes at a time when the number of refugees is at its highest globally in almost 20 years. According to a UN report, 7.6 million people were displaced in 2012.

A report issued from the office of the UN High commissioner for Refugees(UNHCR) said that the Syrian crisis has been a “major new factor” in driving up refugee numbers.

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“These truly are alarming numbers. They reflect individual suffering on a huge scale and they and they reflect the difficulties of the international community in preventing conflicts and promoting timely solutions for them,” said UNHCR chief Antonio Guterres.

According to the report, 55 percent of refugees come from five countries: Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia and Sudan. But where are they now?

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