The office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees "believes even one person forced to flee is too many. And it's true. Every individual refugee matters," the Oscar-winning humanitarian said in a statement this week in honor of World Refugee Day.
"Each has their own story. Each has suffered and survived more than I could ever bear. And yet, they rise up to live another day," she said. "We risk forgetting the individual when we speak in numbers, but the numbers tell an important story. In the past year, 4.3 million people have become displaced. ...
"Unfortunately, the world is producing displaced people faster than it is producing solutions to displacement. And the solutions are not exclusively humanitarian -- they are also political. ... The international community should rededicate itself to preventing conflict, addressing it when it erupts, and solving it more quickly, for that is the only way to create durable solutions for the refugees whose strength inspires us on this World Refugee Day."
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