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26 Jun 2009 description
report AlertNet

Written by: Emma Batha

African countries are set to adopt a ground-breaking convention providing rights to millions of people forced to flee their homes because of conflict.

Africa has some 12 million internally displaced people (IDPs) who have been uprooted within their own country. Unlike refugees - people who have fled to another country - IDPs benefit from little or no protection.

The convention, the brainchild of the African Union, will for the first time provide them with similar rights to refugees, according to a draft seen by AlertNet.