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Photos Highlight Moments Of Joy And Pain As Global Displacement Hits Record High

There are currently 65.3 million displaced people worldwide.

22/06/2016 1:54 AM AEST | Updated 15/07/2016 12:54 PM AEST
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Staying alive" is the struggle for survival of populations affected by war. Sometimes, there is no way out and they are trapped at the front line or in besieged areas under the bombs. Others, they manage to flee through dangerous routes putting their lives in danger, just to end up facing closed borders or surviving in IDP camps under inhuman conditions. © Anna Surinyach / MSF

A staggering 65.3 million people are currently displaced worldwide, the U.N. refugee agency reported Monday. Three countries -- Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia -- are producing half of the world's refugees.

The UNHCR reports that "global forced displacement is disproportionately affecting young lives." Around half of the world's refugees are children, many of them separated from their families.

Meanwhile, rising anti-immigration discourse in Europe threatens the continued reception and integration of refugees and migrants in host countries.

"Yet, there is cause for hope," said Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, in a statement marking World Refugee Day on Monday.

"In contrast to the toxic narrative repeatedly played out in the media we have often witnessed an outpouring of generosity; by host communities, by individuals, and by families opening their homes."

World Refugee Day is an opportunity to highlight the humanity and resilience of people forced to flee war, conflict, poverty and persecution.

The humanitarian aid group Doctors Without Borders selected selected these photos, which capture some of the people who've faced extraordinary survival obstacles. Within these photos are moments of joy and pain on the journey toward safety.

This piece was originally published on HuffPost Greece and has been translated into English.

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