As the number of people in the world displaced by disaster and war has reached record numbers, attention on World Population Day on Saturday turned to the plight of the most vulnerable: women and girls.
“With nearly 60 million individuals having fled conflict or disaster, women and adolescent girls are particularly vulnerable,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement.”Not since the end of the Second World War have so many people been forced from their homes across the planet.”
“Not since the end of the Second World War have so many people been forced from their homes across the planet,” he said.
This year, a natural disaster in Nepal, refugee crises across the Middle East due to the conflict in Syria and various Islamic insurgencies, and migrant crises in Myanmar and the Mediterranean, as well as a steady flow of migrants from South and Central America seeking economic opportunity in North America, propelled the numbers of displaced persons upward.
On July 22, the U.N. Population Division will release its 24th official round of population estimates and projections.
Below, take an inside look into the journeys and lives of several migrants, as captured by a group of international photojournalists.
The images feature migrants along with their most prized possessions.