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The Displaced: To Fix the Causes Now, or to Suffer the Consequences Later

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The "world is a mess". Wars, conflicts and persecution have pushed the world's displaced population to 59.5 million. 

"The drama is that if people think that humanitarians can clean up the mess," remarked the head of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), Antonia Guterres to the BBC-News. He admitted: "It is no longer possible. We have no capacities to pick up the pieces. More and more people are suffering, and unfortunately for many of them there is no chance to support them."

According to UNHCR figures, at the end of 2014, the world's refugee rolls grew to 19.5 million people with another 38.2 million people internally displaced and 1.8 million awaiting asylum determinations. And sadly, more than 50 percent of refugees are children. 

The Syrian conflict alone perpetrated by Bashar al Assad, has created 3.9 million Syrian refugees and it has resulted in 7.6 million Syrians internally displaced. 

Refugees from Syria, Myanmar, and North Africa are creating humanitarian headaches for receiving governments. And with no end in sight to the causes that have pushed so many millions of people to scatter, the true impotency of international organizations to end conflicts, is underscored.

Therefore, unless decisive action is taken to ameliorate many of the causes creating displaced people, the world runs the risk of descending deeper into instability.

The bold call by Pope Francis earlier this morning for a cultural revolution to correct the "structurally perverse" economic system of the rich exploiting the poor that is turning Earth into an "immense pile of filth",  is a starting point that should be given consideration and action toward reclaiming humanity.  

As reported by the Associated Press(AP), Pope Francis in a manifesto to spur action on UN climate negotiations, domestic politics and everyday life, acknowledged: "The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth."

And although climate change might have been the core of the Pope's remarks, his observations transcend climate change to touch the socio-economic make-up facilitating the rising rolls of displaced people and the systems that be that contribute to the humanitarian crises.

Simply put, unless the world as a united body acts now to solve the problems of the displaced, the prevailing issues could become even harder to address later after having profound effects upon those now alien or oblivious to the problem.