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Increasing refuge numbers unsettle UNHCR

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Fighting in parts of Africa, Asia and the Middle East is increasing refugee numbers worldwide and undermining efforts by aid agencies to manage multiple disasters, a senior United Nations (UN) official said today.

Speaking in northern Kenya where thousands of Somalis are sheltering in dusty camps, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)Antonio Guterres said his organisation desperately needed more funds.

He said the refugee numbers are rising, saying it is really very difficult while citing countries like Iraq, Lebanon, Afghanistan and the Pakistan border, in Darfur, Chad, Congo and Somalia.

The former Portuguese prime minister, said that 26 UNHCR international jobs had since been cut to raise money, adding that few investments had been made but that it was inadequate.

He saids 11.4 million people were classed as refugees last year, up from 9.9 million in 2006.

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