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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July 16, 2018

An unresolved uprooted life

Woman in Japan wearing protective gear collecting her belongings

This article originally appeared on the OHCHR website. Reposted with permission.

Ms. Sonoda was living in Fukushima, Japan, with her husband and their child in a beautiful natural environment and with a strong local community. The day of the nuclear disaster, 11 March 2011, they felt an enormous earthquake and unrelenting aftershocks. They later saw the explosion of reactor one, live on television.

“It was a massive shock. We began preparing in case we needed to move quickly and two days later reactor three exploded,” she recalls. “We decided to evacuate because we knew reactor three used MOX [Mixed Oxide] fuel which contains plutonium. It was a nightmare. Suddenly the nuclear disaster destroyed our lives in Fukushima.”

With the Mayor and the […]

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July 13, 2018

Ethiopia: Escalating inter-communal violence displaces close to 1M people

Displacement caused by conflict in Gedeo Zone, SNNPR, Ethiopia

This article originally appeared on OCHA’s website. Reposted with permission.

Close to one million people are believed to be displaced around Gedeo and West Guji Zones – in the Oromia and SNNP regions, respectively – due to escalating inter-communal violence since early June 2018.  Authorities in Gedeo registered more than 793,000 displaced, while at least 185,000 are believed to be in West Guji zone, where registration is still limited due to insecurity.

IDPs are mostly settled with already food insecure relatives or residing in cramped public buildings at the most densely populated parts of the country. Food has been provided by Government, while emergency shelter and Non-Food Items have been provided by both the Government and humanitarian partners.

Last week, the Government […]

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July 11, 2018

GP20 Plan of Action 2018-2020

GP20 Image of dark silhouette IDPs walking with clouds in the background



Since the 1990`s there has been important progress on responding to internal displacement. However, for the vast majority of internally displaced people (IDPs), durable solutions remain elusive and the persistent annual trend of significant new displacements shows no sign of abating. The year 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement (GP20), an important and unique opportunity for all stakeholders working on internal displacement to step up their work with and for IDPs and, at the same time, galvanize others to do the same.


The three-year multi-stakeholder Plan of Action to Advance Prevention, Protection and Solutions for […]

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July 10, 2018

Video: Voices of Internally Displaced People

Video Screen Shot of UN Human Rights Video

In a report to the Human Rights Council, UN independent expert on the human rights of internally displaced persons, Cecilia Jimenez-Damary said states have the responsibility to integrate internally displaced persons back into their communities. You can watch this and more videos like this on the UN Human Rights YouTube channel.

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