"Enormous human costs" when world doesn’t end conflicts

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Children at Atma camp for displaced Syrians near the Turkish border. Atme has become the temporary home to more than 10,000 people who have fled the violence as war flared in Syria © Jodi Hilton/IRIN

There's an enormous human cost when the international community does not end conflicts, the Spokesperson for the UN Refugee Agency has warned.

A new report by UNHCR released on Wednesday shows that an estimated 5.5 million people became newly uprooted during the first six months of 2014.

1.4 of the 5 million fled across international borders, the report adds.

The number of people being assisted by UNHCR stands at nearly 50 million.

Adrian Edwards says the international community is not coming together adequately to halt these crises that are behind the mass displacements.

"Syria is very clearly an example of what happens when war won't be stopped and is allowed to continue. And it is a continuing tragedy and travesty that is happening. Many lives are being lost, many lives are being lost, and many people are being displaced. If you combine internal displacement inside Syria and refugee numbers fleeing that country, these sheer numbers in excess of 10 million- these numbers dwarf the population of some neighbouring countries."

Lebanon, he notes, has a population of only 4 million.

The cost of forced migration is also being reflected in the daily stories about tragedies happening on the world's seas, the borders of countries and refugee camps, says Edwards.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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