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Data shows impacts of rising prices and falling aid on forcibly displaced people

A new data visualization reveals how the ripple effects of war in Ukraine are impacting refugees and displaced people in parts of the world far from the media spotlight.

The consequences of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine for refugees and internally displaced people have reached far beyond Europe. The war has driven up food and fuel prices and disrupted supply chains at a time when millions of forcibly displaced people were already struggling with the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, conditions extreme weather and protracted conflicts.

But just as the needs are growing, the costs of delivering humanitarian aid to forcibly displaced people have also increased exponentially – another consequence of the war in Ukraine. UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi recently warned that without an infusion of $700 million in additional funding before the end of the year, UNHCR would be forced to cut off lifesaving aid to displaced people. strength across the world.

Today, UNHCR is releasing a new data visualization — Out of the spotlight – which examines the growing hardships faced by refugees and displaced people in forgotten corners of the globe, and how these hardships could multiply unless funding gaps can be filled.

In 12 countries where UNHCR works, mostly in Africa and the Middle East, the situation is particularly serious. Forcibly displaced people are already having to choose between buying medicine for elderly relatives or food for their children.

The data visualization examines several countries where the triple burden of conflict, COVID and climate change had already drained the reserves of displaced people and made them more dependent on humanitarian aid, even before the war in Ukraine sent shock waves in the global economy.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, for example, decades of conflict have plunged 27 million people into hunger and created the largest internal displacement crisis in Africa, with more than 5.5 million people having fled their homes. Continued violence in the east has displaced hundreds of thousands of people this year, but funding for the humanitarian response has not kept pace. By the end of September, UNHCR operations in the country were only 40 percent funded.

Such shortfalls confront UNHCR with difficult decisions about which essential programs to cut. Some of the devastating consequences for forcibly displaced people are depicted in the data visualization: from less cash assistance for refugees in Iraq and Jordan to less money to educate refugee children in Uganda, or even to provide soap.

“People forced to flee are already paying the price for the conflicts that have ravaged their homeland. Further suffering this year and next can be reduced with swift international action,” said Dominique Hyde, Director of UNHCR’s Division of External Relations. “I call on all donors to help us save lives by finding these resources in the days and weeks ahead – millions of people depend on them.”

Data visualization, Out of the Spotlight, is available here.