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Unicef report: Over 50 million uprooted by conflict

The report says children represent a disproportionate and growing proportion of people seeking refuge.

A man carries on his shoulders a child holding a banner reading "Open the borders" during a demostration of migrants and refugees protesting behind a fence and barbed wire at the Greek-Macedonian border, near Gevgelija, on February 27, 2016. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - A United Nations (UN) report says millions of children worldwide have been displaced by conflict.

The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (Unicef) released a report title 'Uprooted' yesterday which reveals nearly 50 million children have been forced from their homes.



The report says children represent a disproportionate and growing proportion of people who have sought refuge outside of their home countries.

It shows in 2015, around 45 percent of all child refugees came from Syria and Afghanistan and that 28 million of them fled their homes due to violence and conflict.

Turkey currently hosts the largest total number of refugees.

The report further reveals an increasing number of minors are crossing borders on their own.

Unicef says whether it's from war, poverty or climate change, young people have been uprooted by crises they are not responsible for.

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