Hope and despair: Africa's forcibly displaced populations


Conflict, war, persecution, violence and natural disasters are some of the reasons forcing many in sub-Saharan Africa to flee from their homes.

Paul Samasumo – Vatican City

79.5 million people around the world have been forced to flee their homes. Among them are nearly 26 million refugees. Of these, half are said to be under the age of eighteen. According to UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency, Africa has over 18 million displaced persons. 

The majority of displaced persons, in Africa, come from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Burundi, South Sudan,…



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