A Syrian girl sits on a water container at a camp for displaced Syrians from the former rebel bastion of Douma, in al-Bil, east of the rebel-held town of Azaz in northern Syria on April 13, 2018. / AFP / Zein Al RIFAI
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The U.N. refugee agency UNHCR reported Tuesday that nearly 69 million people who have fled war, violence and persecution were forcibly displaced last year, a record for the fifth straight year.For the fourth year running, Turkey was again the country with the largest number of refugees -- mostly Syrians – at 3.5 million at the end of 2017 .But UNHCR, Grandi's agency, said the figures debunked the flawed perception among some that a refugee crisis has affected more developed countries in the "Global North". It said 85 percent of refugees are in developing countries, many of them "desperately poor". Jan Egeland, secretary-general of the Norwegian Refugee Council who once headed the U.N. humanitarian aid agency, said cooperation between countries and diplomacy for peace were in "deep crisis".
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