New and old conflicts behind world's "worst displacement" situation

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Ahmed Al Abed, 14, stands in the recycling shop where he has been working for the past 10 days, in an industrial area of the town of Nizip. © UNICEF/NYHQ2014-0161/Nooran

The multiplication of new crises and the old crises that never seem to die are behind the worst displacement situation since World War II.

That's what the UN High Commissioner for Refugees said on Tuesday during an annual get-together of Turkish Ambassadors serving abroad.

António Guterres is in Turkey on an official visit where he is expected to meet with officials at all levels, including the President and Prime Minister.

He noted that the number of people driven from their homes, conflicts and crises is well over 50 million people, describing it as "unprecedented".

Melissa Flemming, the Head of Communications and Spokesperson for the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR, is with him in the  capital city Ankara.

"The Syria and Iraq mega crises, the multiplication of new crises and the old crises that seem never to die have created the worse displacement situation in the world since World War II.  He also said that what this shows is that the international community has largely lost its capacity to prevent conflict and dissolve conflicts. This is a world where there is no effective leadership."

In his address, Mr Guterres commended Turkey for its "generous open door policy" for accepting so many Syrian refugees.

The country hosts 1.5 million registered refugees from the war torn Middle Eastern nation and has spent so far USD $5 billion to help them, he added.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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