A new UN report says that every 4.1 seconds – about as often as you blink – a new person becomes a refugee.
Here is a little compilation of photos to describe the massive spike in number of global displaced refugees.
Azaaz, 10 January 2013. Photo by Edouard Elias
Internally displaced Ethnic Rohingya Muslims take shelter in a camp on the outskirts of Sittwe in Rhakine State, Burma on Nov. 25, 2012. (Adam Ferguson—VII for TIME)
Oct. 10, 2012. A wounded Syrian man lies on a boat as he is transferred to Turkey over the Orontes river on the Turkish-Syrian border near the village of Hacipasa in Hatay province. Scores of Syrian civilians, many of them women with screaming children clinging to their necks, crossed Orontes, a narrow river marking the border with Turkey as they fled the fighting in Azmarin and surrounding villages.
JAMIL WASSOUF AND HIS GRANDCHILDREN TAYMA, MOHAMMAD AND ISRAA
TIME’s Peter Hapak was granted vast access during the first week of April to the Reyhanli and Yayladagi camps in Turkish territory to document, through words and pictures, the travails of the thousands who were fleeing Syria.
Bronx, New York City, September 2011.
Sonny Vaahn, 25, holds the refugee identification card of his family members, which was given upon initial entry into a refugee camp along the Thai-Cambodian border following the end of the Killing Fields in Cambodia.
Over the course of the last year, Pete Pin has engaged in a series of conversations about what it means to be Cambodian, while photographing Cambodian-Americans in Philadelphia, Pa.; Lowell, Mass. and the Bronx, N.Y.
A Syrian family gets a lift at a crossing to Lebanon where they will register at UNHCR centres.
Syrian refugee children