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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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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November 20, 2018

Cameroon: four priorities to strengthen protection for internally displaced persons

It is up to the incoming administration to seize the opportunity to better protect and assist its internally displaced populations in the country’s conflict-affected regions.

As Cameroon has released the Presidential election results, I call upon the Government to urgently tackle the current crises in which thousands of civilians have been internally displaced amid violence in the context of the Boko Haram insurgency in the country’s Far North and armed separatists in the North-West and South-West regions (so-called Anglophone regions).

In the Far North region, the security situation remains dire, with continued attacks and incidents involving Boko Haram elements. While the number of such attacks have decreased over the last years, the situation there remains fragile and the humanitarian situation bleak, with some 227,581 people […]

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October 24, 2018

Nigeria: Building resilient and sustainable communities

Still from video interview with Mark Lowcock

6 October 2018 – During a two-day joint official visit to Nigeria, Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, and United Nations Development Programme Admnistrator, Achim Steiner, met with people affected by the Lake Chad basin crisis in the northeastern state of Borno.

The two UN officials heard from internally displaced persons (IDPs), host communities and returnees in Bama town and Ngwom village, of their struggles and priorities as they try to rebuild their lives.

Three years ago, Boko Haram raided Babagazara’s village in Borno. She recalled, “When they [members of Boko Haram] came in, we all started running in different directions. When I turned around I could not see my husband and children anymore…. I arrived here in Bama IDP camp yesterday and was reunited […]

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October 12, 2018

Philippines: Unless durable solutions are found, people will remain vulnerable and unable to rebuild their lives – ASG Mueller

ASG Mueller visits a space for children displaced by the conflict.

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

ASG Mueller visits a child-friendly space for children displaced by the conflict. Credit OCHA/M. Bidder

ASG Mueller is visiting the Philippines to observe first-hand OCHA’s work, its strategic priorities and operational presence in a highly hazard prone but rising middle-income country. OCHA’s presence in the Philippines was upgraded to a country office in 2010, with a dual focus: emergency response preparedness and response to sudden onset emergencies and the protracted conflict situation in Mindanao.

While in Marawi City, ASG Mueller met with humanitarian and development partners to discuss how to join efforts to reduce need, risk and vulnerability. While stressing the centrality of protection in humanitarian action, she is also advocating for further […]

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