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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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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December 28, 2018

Holding On: Tetiana And Volodymyr Ziangirov

Old photo of a baby in a crib

Tetiana and Volodymyr’s story originally appeared on Holding On. This story has been reposted with permission.

“The crib is 23+ years old now. My two elder daughters grew up in it. My best memories are related with this crib.”

Tetiana And Volodymyr Ziangirov Internally displaced from Donetsk to Myrnohrad, Ukraine

The June 2014 shelling of Donetsk, an industrial city of more than 900,000 in central Ukraine, was the catalyst for Tetiana to flee with her husband and newborn child.

It was a wrenching decision for the scientist and expert in artificial intelligence: her father was dying of cancer but the safely of young Maria was the priority.

Just one year earlier, Tetiana was utterly content. She’d raised two daughters […]

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December 26, 2018

Holding On: Tatiana Protsenko

Tatiana seated in her dress shop

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

“I keep the ticket in order not to forget anything, in order to remember what we went through and cherish everything we have now.”

Tatiana Protsenko Internally displaced from Donetsk to Kyiv, Ukraine

Entering Tatiana’s wedding dress shop on a fashionable street in Ukraine’s bustling capital Kyiv, you meet a strong, confident businesswoman, surrounded by fine design, focused on making brides-to-be happy. You’d never imagine the terror she experienced that caused her to flee her home.

Four years ago, Tatiana was running a travel business in Donetsk, Eastern Ukraine. In April 2014, armed groups in Donetsk began to seize buildings and arms. Fighting between these groups […]

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