In 2008, armed conflicts and other situations
of violence shattered the lives of large numbers of children, women and
men in many countries among which the Democratic Republic of the Congo,
Georgia, Pakistan, Somalia, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Chad and Colombia.
Direct attacks on civilian communities, general insecurity and the destruction
of livelihoods forced innumerable civilians to flee their homes. Assisting
and protecting internally displaced people (IDPs), who are protected under
international humanitarian law (IHL) and other relevant international law,