Internal displacement: 20 years of action


In 2017, there were 30.6 million new internal displacements associated with conflict, violence and disasters. Internal displacement uproots people within their own countries, often at a moment’s notice, depriving them of their homes, jobs and basic services. LEARN MORE


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September 12, 2018

UNHCR provides life-saving assistance to internally displaced Ethiopians

A group of people rest at the Yirga Chefe site for internally displaced people in Ethiopia.

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. This article was originally posted on UNHCR. Reposted with permission.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is ramping up its response to the urgent needs of nearly one million people displaced by recent violence in south-western Ethiopia.

Since April of this year, inter-communal clashes flared up in the border area of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region and the Oromia Region. The recent violence came on the heels of more than a year-long crippling drought and tensions over resources. Those who fled described witnessing extreme violence during village raids, […]

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September 12, 2018

East Africa worst hit by internal displacement in first half of 2018

A group of internally displaced Ethiopians

Geneva, 12 September 2018Latest figures from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) reveal that millions of people across the world have become displaced inside their own country since January. Worldwide, there were 5.2 million new internal displacements associated with conflict and violence in the first half of 2018, based on the analysis of data from the 10 worst-affected countries.

In Ethiopia, 1.4 million new internal displacements have already been recorded, surpassing both Syria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Somalia and South Sudan too are among the 10 worst-affected countries for new displacement linked to conflict and violence. East Africa also accounts for five of the most significant disaster events between January and June, with flooding in Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia and Uganda, and drought in Somalia displacing more than a million people in total.

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September 5, 2018

Ukrainian worker pedals out of war zone

The Zubko family seated their home

This article originally appeared on UNHCR. Reposted with permission.

Vasily Zubko hoped to the end he could stay in his beloved steppe country in eastern Ukraine, but as the conflict drew ever closer, he got on his bike and pedalled out of the war zone.

He covered half the distance to the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, about 400 kilometres, through the autumn rain.

“It was November,” he says. “The first night I stayed in an Orthodox monastery, the second night with some Orthodox believers and the third night with people from our own (Pentecostal) Church. I got soaked.

“They saw I was catching cold and wouldn’t let me continue on the bike. They put me on the train to Kyiv.”

Vasily’s family were […]

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August 29, 2018

Mothers of Congo’s lost children break silence

Several colourfully dressed Congolese women sit in a row, lamenting the kidnapping of their children.

Augustine hasn’t seen her six-year-old daughter in over a year. She has steeled herself for the worst. “There is no hope,” she says. “I will never see my daughter again.”

Displaced by fighting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Tanganyika province, Augustine is now living at a site for internally displaced people in the provincial capital, Kalemie. She’s one of many anxious and grieving parents here.

“The rebels come into our villages, they take our children and disappear with them,” she says. “They rape the girls and cut them in small pieces with machetes.”

Fifty-two-year-old Ndiba Kaité counts herself among the lucky few. Her five teenage daughters were kidnapped in December 2016 and held captive for five months in the bush, where they were starved, beaten and abused.

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