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 13, 2018

Holding On: Oza

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

Oza Internally displaced from Baga to Maiduguri

“Honestly, displacement affects me a lot because it has ruined my life,” Oza Modu says of the life he hoped to build with his young wife, Rabi, who he married three years ago. “After we got married, we didn’t even spend two or three months [as newlyweds] before we were displaced,” Oza explains. Boko Haram attacked his village of Baga in northeastern Nigeria near the foot of Lake Chad. He remembers the “pop, pop, pop, pop, pop” of gunshots as the group descended on the once-peaceful towns and villages, “levelling bodies to the ground.”

The newlyweds and longtime neighbours fled together […]

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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.

The Guiding Principles […]

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