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33.3 million forced to flee inside their own countries, 1 Syrian family each minute

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In this Tuesday, April 29, 2014 photo, a Syrian displaced woman prepares food for her family outside their tent, at a Syrian refugee camp, near the eastern town of Kab Elias, Lebanon. Syrian refugees in Lebanon say they must pay bribes to middlemen ranging from $3 to $100 to receive aid, adding another layer of suffering for those fleeing the war, according to a series of interviews with refugees in a tent encampment near the eastern Lebanese town of Kab Elias this month. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein) (The Associated Press)

United Nations and Norwegian officials say a record 33.3 million people worldwide were displaced by conflict and violence inside their own nations in 2013.

That was 4.5 million above the 2012 total.

The heads of the U.N. refugee agency and Norwegian Refugee Council reported Wednesday that 8.2 million fled their homes in the last year, including about 3.5 million in Syria alone. The numbers show that every 60 seconds, another family within Syria flees the civil war.

The other two-thirds of the 33.3 million displaced by war worldwide fled in previous years.

The figures compiled by Geneva-based Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, part of the Norwegian agency, show that 63 percent of those internally displaced worldwide are struggling to live in five countries: Syria, Colombia, Nigeria, Congo and Sudan.