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10 challenges created by a population boom

By: Robynne Boyd on July 10, 2015, 4:50 p.m.
A Kurdish refugee mother and son from the Syrian town of Kobani walk beside their tent

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Without a home

"Man is the cruelest animal," says a quote by Friedrich Nietzsche. And perhaps he's right. The evidence is not difficult to find. Take for example, the World at War report, published in June by the UNHCR, detailing that there are about 60 million refugees worldwide. That's the highest number since World War II, and it's predicted to increase. Many of these people are fleeing oppression or conflicts in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe. Though, the largest percentage comes directly from within Iraq and Syria. The latter of which has seen 9.5 million people displaced, including this mother and her son in a refugee camp on the southeastern Turkish-Syrian border.