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 | Français | عربى

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February 6, 2019

Libya: Hoping to return home

Hawa Ramadan

Since 2011, Libya has experienced several waves of armed conflict, which have led to massive displacements of people. Over those seven years, like many other Libyans, the security of a home has eluded Hawa Ramadan and her family. She has known several makeshift homes in many cities.

Hawa is a 42-year-old Libyan born with a disability. Her sisters have stuck with her, carrying her out to safety each time conflict forced them to flee. Her family now lives in the Al Sayyad camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs), in the Libyan capital, Tripoli.

As of August 2018, about 194,000 people were internally displaced across Libya and it is estimated that 97,000 IDPs will need humanitarian assistance in 2019.

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February 4, 2019

Conditions deteriorate for civilians amid fighting in north-eastern Syria

Syrian families wait to receive shelter and relief items

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

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.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is increasingly worried for the safety of civilians trapped in ISIL-held areas of Hajin enclave in Deir ez-Zor governorate in northeast Syria. We are also concerned for the situation for civilians who have managed to escape the armed conflict. UNHCR and other humanitarian partners are racing to meet the urgent needs of vulnerable civilians who have arrived at the Al Hol camp in Hassakeh. We are supporting them with immediate shelter, and relief items.


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January 18, 2019

Placing IDPs on the Map in Ethiopia and Beyond

Woman carrying a baby on her back in a displacement camp

This article originally appeared on Medium. Reposted with permission.

An internally displaced woman carries a baby on her back at the Airstrip Area Displacement Site in the Somali Region of Ethiopia. Photo credit: IOM 2017 / Rikka Tupaz

Addis Ababa — Climate change combined with conflict has resulted in a significant increase in the number of internally displaced people (IDPs) in Ethiopia in recent years.

“Ethiopia is one of the countries experiencing large numbers of internal displacement — 2.6 per cent of its population,” said Mitiku Kassa, Commissioner of the National Disaster Risk Management Commission of Ethiopia, during the 109th Session of International Organization for Migration (IOM) Council in late November.

To address this phenomenon, the Ethiopian government is taking an active role to develop strategies that […]

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December 31, 2018

Holding On: Martha

Martha’s story originally appeared on Holding On. This story has been reposted with permission.

Martha Internally displaced from Putumayo to Narino, Colombia

Grieving Mother Holds On to a Prisoner’s Memorial to her Son

Martha has lived in Nariño Department in the southwest of Colombia, close to the border of Ecuador, for many years, forced from her home in neighbouring Putumayo by armed men who seized control of the municipality and murdered eight members of her family.

Seated in the living room of her modest but comfortable apartment, she retells her journey, about the death of her first-born and her quest for justice.

She left the school she founded for the last time on 21 August, 2001. Martha, then a 45-year-old mother […]

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