Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Old Crises Never End

Refugees from South Ossetia in a refugee camp in the town of Alagir, North Ossetia, Russia, 16 August 2008If one looks at what's happening in today's world, we are seeing a multiplication of new crises -- since the beginning of the year, Cote d'Ivoire, Libya, Syria, Yemen. And at the same time, it seems that old crises never end. Look at what's happening in Afghanistan, more than 20 years of fighting; in Somalia, again, 20 years of fighting; in the Democratic Republic of Congo. New crises multiply. Old crises never end.

-- Antonio Guterres, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, reporting that the current 44 million refugees is a 15-year high, 21 June 2011

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