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In pictures: These are the children of Afghanistan's refugee crisis

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By Mustafa Bag  & Palwasha Ahad & Sinead Barry
Afghan boys engaging in child play flying kites in Kabul, Afghanistan
Afghan boys engaging in child play flying kites in Kabul, Afghanistan   -   Copyright  Mustafa Bag/euronews   -   Mustafa Bag/euronews

There are currently over 70.8 million refugees worldwide, according to newly released figures from the United Nations.

At least 67% of the world's refugees come from just five countries: Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Myanmar, and Somalia. Frighteningly, half of the total, global refugee population are children. As many as 138,600 of migrants aged under 18 are unaccompanied.

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A young Afghan girl clasping a male family member protectively surveys the outside world.Mustafa Bag /EuronewsMustafa Bag /Euronews

As fighting continues to ravage the country, over 2.7 million refugees have fled Afghanistan in hope of security in Europe and neighbouring countries. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, recently reported that the world's developing countries are accommodating the highest number of refugees.

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Amongst the chaos and hardships of daily life in war-torn Afghanistan, children share a moment of laughter.Mustafa Bag/euronews

Local media in Pakistan reported that 24.3% of the population live below the poverty line — despite this, the country hosts the largest number (1.4 million) of the Afghan refugee population. Iran is accommodating the second largest number, hosting 951,100 people.

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An Afghan girl finds a moment of solitude in an overpopulated camp in the capital of Afghanistan.Mustafa Bag/euronews

Meanwhile, countries in developed regions host just 16% of the world's refugees.

Many countries in Europe are deporting refugees back to Afghanistan, a country consistently ranked as one of the most dangerous in the world.

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With arms clasped tightly and determination in their eyes, Afghan children stare fearlessly ahead.Mustafa Bag/euronews

Many have criticised Europe's handling of the crisis, arguing that developing countries do not have the infrastructure nor financial means to support the number of refugees they host.

The war in Afghanistan is raging on and the country's already alarming poverty rates are expected to increase further. The future will likely see even more Afghan children forced to flee their homes and embark on a dangerous journey in the hope of safety elsewhere.

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With henna-stained hands and eyes filled with expression, an Afghan girl looks around.Mustafa Bag/euronews