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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December 10, 2018

Love in the Time of Displacement

Mohammed and Marwah seated at their wedding

Mosul — Marwah always dreamed of a big wedding party in a fancy venue and a luxurious white wedding dress with hundreds of family and friends in attendance. But this dream was shattered when ISIL took over the city of Mosul in June 2014, where she was living at the time.

Marwah and her family chose to stay in the ISIL-controlled city. She felt trapped and hopeless, and her wedding plans became an impossible dream. Traditional wedding ceremonies that included music, dancing and mingling between men and women were strictly forbidden by ISIL.

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December 7, 2018

Addressing Internal Displacement in Ethiopia

A woman in traditional dress stands in a open field in Ethiopia

This story was written by Behigu Habte, IOM Ethiopia Emergency and Post-Crisis Programme Officer, and Yun Jin Kweon, IOM Ethiopia Peacebuilding Officer. It was originally published by the Forced Migration Review, “Twenty Years of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement”, in October 2018. This article was originally posted on IOM’s website. Reposted with permission.

Among various new initiatives in Ethiopia to address both the short- and long-term needs of IDPs, the Durable Solutions Working Group is making some progress, despite the challenging context.

There are currently over 2.8 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Ethiopia, compared with an estimated 291,000 in July 2012.1 Drought, floods, ethnic/clan tensions and conflicts over resources and borders are the leading causes of internal displacement, […]

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December 5, 2018

IOM Launches ‘Holding On’ Campaign: A Virtual Reality Experience of Internal Displacement

Woman using a virtual reality headset

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

Geneva – Marking the 20th anniversary of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement, the UN Migration Agency (IOM) launched the ‘Holding On’ digital campaign yesterday (15/11) to raise awareness of the plight of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and celebrate their courage and resilience.

Holding On showcases the stories of internally displaced persons by asking them to reflect on their most cherished possessions. Global audiences can now share these stories on social media via the #HoldingOn hashtag.  They can also sign a petition that calls on states to respect and advance the Guiding Principles, which Cecilia Jimenez-Damary, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of IDPs, will use in her work.

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November 29, 2018

Somalia: Upsurge in violence triggers new wave of displacement

Women and children at an IDP camp in Somalia

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

An upsurge in insecurity and conflict has triggered a new wave of displacement in the Lower Shabelle region of South West State. According to UNHCR-led Protection and Return Monitoring Network (PRMN), more than 34,000 people have fled the area since the beginning of August, joining thousands of others who fled earlier in 2018 or before due to conflict, drought and floods, in which the majority are women and children.

As parties to the conflict continue to take control of smaller towns and villages, the anxiety and unpredictable security situation continues to force families to flee their homes in search of safety. The United Nations and humanitarian partners have boosted the delivery […]

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