World food crisis will lead to record population displacement levels - UN
The UN refugee agency head has said that the food security crisis, due to the war in Ukraine, will force more people to leave their homes in poorer countries, leading to even greater levels of global displacement
Reuters reported the news.
The UN report states that about 89.3 million people have been forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, abuse and violence in late 2021. Since then, millions more have left Ukraine or been relocated within its borders.
"If you have a food crisis in addition to everything I've described - war, human rights, climate - it will only accelerate the trends I described in this report," Filippo Grandi told reporters this week, describing the figures as 'shocking.'
"Obviously, the impact, if not resolved quickly, will be quite devastating." He said more people were fleeing rising prices and violent uprisings in the Sahel region of Africa.
Grandi also criticized what he called a 'monopoly' of resources provided to Ukraine, while other programs to assist displaced persons were underfunded.
"Ukraine must not make us forget other crises," he said, referring to the two-year conflict in Ethiopia and the drought in the Horn of Africa. The European Union's response to the refugee crisis has been 'different', Grandi added.