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19 Heartbreaking Pictures That Will Make World Refugee Day Hit Home

More people than ever are trying to make it through life uprooted from their homes, according to the United Nations.

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17. They risk everything to cross the Mediterranean, despite the fact that some 2,859 people this year alone have already lost their lives or gone missing trying to make the journey, according to the International Organization for Migration.

19. And if their lives weren't already hard enough, the explosive growth in the number of refugees has completely overwhelmed the global donor system. Only 24% of the world's humanitarian response needs for 2016 have been funded.

Hayes Brown is a world news editor and reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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