The rapid advance and brutality of the ISIS militia in Iraq has created 1 million refugees in just the past few weeks.
In response UNICEF has declared a level 3 humanitarian disaster - the most severe designation. At least another half million refugees are expected to enter Kurdistan.
“Iraq already has a level 3 polio disaster,” MacInnes said. The Syrian crisis next door is so desperate that it has also been named a level 3, he said. “With this designation in Iraq, that means we have currently three level-3 disasters that are affecting the country.”Iraq has now become the center of a dark mark in global history.
He said he could not think of any other place or time in U.N. history where that has happened.
(AP) — For the first time since World War II, the number of people forced from their homes worldwide has surged past 50 million, the United Nations refugee agency said Friday.9 million of those refugees are from the Syrian civil war.
At the end of last year, 51.2 million people had been forced from their homes worldwide, the highest figure of displacement since World War II, said the UNHCR.
Being a war refugee traditionally means danger, hunger, and complete destitution.
But it also means something else - slavery.
Whilst their governments focus on basic necessities -- shelter, food, water and security -- opportunistic traffickers, would-be labor exploiters and men in the marriage market, reap the rewards of refugees desperate for economic opportunities.While most people associate modern slavery with young girls forced into marriage or the sex trade, the fact is that for every forced sex worker there are twelve labor slaves.
In Jordan, home to some 600,000 registered Syrian refugees, many distressed families have felt unable to refuse lucrative offers from wealthy men of Gulf States seeking underage brides. Despite Jordan's legal age of marriage being 18, a Sharia law loophole allows unions of children as young as 15, a loophole being systematically manipulated by wealthy men. Not only are young girls being sold into marriage, the marriages are effectively shams and more apparently, sexual servitude -- whereby the wealthy husband divorces his wife after a few days.
And don't think that this is just something on the other side of the world. Every year up to 60,000 modern slaves are trafficked in the United States, of the nearly 30 million worldwide.