23 Jun 2013

Richard Towle : forced to flee

From Sunday Morning, 8:40 am on 23 June 2013

Richard Towle is the UNHCR - the UN Refugee Agency - Regional Representative for Australia, New Zealand, PNG and the Pacific. The organisations's annual Global Trends report, released this week, covered displacement that occurred during 2012 and found that more people are refugees or internally displaced than at any time since 1994, with the crisis in Syria having emerged as a major new factor. Richard talks to Chris about the need for a peaceful, political solution to the crisis as the humanitarian response struggles to meet the needs of those forced to flee.