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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June 19, 2018

Yemen: Humanitarian Fund helps displaced families survive the harsh winter

A woman and her toddler son sitting in the middle of a road in Yemen

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

As the brutal conflict in Yemen enters its fourth year, more than 3 million people (10 per cent of the total population) have experienced the shock of displacement. Two million people remain internally displaced across the country.

Thousands of Yemeni families have been forced to flee their homes and leave everything behind. Many are in desperate need of shelter, food, water, sanitation and access to health services. They are also more likely to be exposed to protection risks, including human rights abuses and gender-based violence.

But this situation can become life-threatening for people who are ill but cannot afford to buy basic medicines and supplies. In a context such as Yemen, where the […]

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June 18, 2018

Invisible Citizens – An animation illustrating the challenges facing IDPs

Illustration of a man and woman and their luggage

In support of the GP20 anniversary Plan of Action and campaign to bring internally displaced people out of the shadows, OCHA has launched a new campaign #InvisibleCitizens, to humanize and draw global attention to internally displaced people (IDPs).

While conflicts and crises have focused world attention on refugees and migrants, internal displacement is largely under-reported and virtually invisible in public media. Of the more than 65 million people forcibly displaced globally, almost 40 million of those are displaced within their countries of origin. The majority stay displaced for years, without finding durable solutions.

If internally displaced people do not cross an international border, they do not have access to the fundamental international protection mechanisms available to refugees and migrants.

Often forced to […]

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June 6, 2018

In Photos: Internally Displaced People in Ukraine

Four years of conflict affects 4.4 million men, women and children in east Ukraine. 3.4 million people need humanitarian assistance and protection. Almost 1.5 million people have been internally displaced – #InvisibleCitizens.

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June 1, 2018

IDMC’s new interactive map: Live updates of internal displacement around the world

Screenshot from map showing several data points

The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre has launched a brand new version of our website which, in addition to hosting the Global Report on Internal Displacement (GRID 2018), also  includes several new features. One of the most exciting updates is the interactive map on our homepage that contains near real-time information about new and ongoing situations of internal displacement.

By clicking on the coloured bubbles on the map you will get a snapshot of displacement events occurring in contexts of conflict, disaster or the construction of development projects, including the exact location, the number of people displaced, the cause of their displacement and the source of the information.

The story that this interactive map tells is that, while […]

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Lead photo credit: NRC/Christian Jepsen