Humanity and modern civilization are under attack. Global conflicts, human rights violations and failing states are contributing to a humanitarian crisis to which no end appears in sight. And to underscore these conditions, a new report released yesterday by a Norwegian organization, has placed the number of world's people internally displaced within their own countries at 38 million - adding to the 50 million plus people, the United Nations(UN) has identified as refugees fleeing war and persecution worldwide.
The evolving humanitarian crisis involving such large numbers of people has reached a critical point at which the UN has identified the growing numbers of refugees as for the first surpassing the numbers set in World War II.
The Norwegian Refugee Council(NRC) released its humanitarian finding that was reported by the BBC-News yesterday. In that report, the agency found that at the end of 2014, 38 million people were displaced internally within their countries because of conflicts and violence. Many of these people had already been displaced for more than a decade with a staggering 11 million people joining the ranks in 2014 alone, with 60 percent of the newly displaced in the countries of Syria, Iraq, South Sudan, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
These unsettling figures should act as a wake up call to political leaders, advised Jan Egeland, general secretary of the NRC. He observed: "Global diplomats, UN resolutions, peace talks and ceasefire agreements have lost the battle against ruthless armed men who are driven by political or religious interests rather than human imperatives," the BBC reported.
Countless lost childhoods have been disrupted, denied, cut short and stolen from Syria to Africa; yet, international organizations and World Powers have failed to end Bashar al Assad's war in Syria, and to ameliorate deteriorating conditions in North Africa to stem the tide of internally displaced person and refugees fleeing to the seas.
With regards to Syria, both China and Russia have blocked UN resolutions that would have forced an end to that war which has killed more than 200,000.
The urgency of the mounting humanitarian crisis brought to wrought by conflicts and persecutions is also amplified by the addition of another 646,500 people internally displaced in Ukraine at the end of 2014, as a result of pro-Russian agitations and conflict in eastern Ukraine. This year has not witnessed an end to any conflicts. But new ones have been added in Libya and Yemen.
While human rights groups recommend conflict prevention as a means to abating humanitarian crises, a closer recognition and immediate action on circumstances that will ultimately give rise to conflicts, are also warranted.