Appeals & Response Plans
- Tropical Cyclone Luban - Oct 2018
- Somalia: Polio Outbreak - Aug 2018
- Tropical Cyclone Mekunu - May 2018
- Tropical Cyclone Sagar - May 2018
- Somalia: Flash Floods - Apr 2018
- Somalia: Measles Outbreak - Dec 2016
- Somalia: Floods - May 2016
- Somalia: Cholera Outbreak - Apr 2016
- Tropical Cyclone Megh - Nov 2015
- Tropical Cyclone Chapala - Nov 2015
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- Somalia: Weekly EPI/POL Update Week 41 (Ending 14 Oct 2018)
Walter Kälin, Representative of the UN Secretary General on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons and Co-director , Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement
Addressing Internal Displacement in Peace Processes and Agreements Launch Event
Mr. Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen,
A police officer guards a gate where ethnic Tamils will vote at a polling station in Manik Farm camp for the internally displaced in Vavuniya.
Let me start with two short quotes:
"The exclusion of IDPs from peace processes is both unjust and unwise. ...
By: Roberta Cohen
The concept of the responsibility to protect (R2P) developed in large measure from efforts to design an international system to protect internally displaced persons (IDPs).
The explosion of civil wars emanating from and following the Cold War brought into view millions of persons inside their own countries who were uprooted from their homes and in need of international protection and assistance. Many had little or no access to food, medicine or shelter and were vulnerable to assault, sexual violence, and all manner of human rights abuse.
Insecurity in Somalia is also a serious issue. The lack of security has impeded humanitarian access, increased displacement of the population, and contributed to the rise in criminal activity. Consequently, many donors are decreasing their humanitarian assistance.
The current humanitarian situation in Somalia is deteriorating. Displacement has been on the rise in 2009 following new fighting in Mogadishu. Somalis have fled their homes and communities both because of the indirect dangers of conflict but also because they had become direct targets of violence.
Meeting at the Special Summit of the African Union in Kampala, Uganda on 22-23 October 2009, African heads of state and government have undertaken significant commitments to solve one of the continent's (and the world's) most pressing humanitarian crises-the displacement of an estimated 11.6 million men, women, and children within the borders of their own countries.
2008 marked the 10th anniversary of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement which was an occasion both to commemorate efforts over the past decade to uphold the human rights of IDPs and to remind ourselves that much remains to be done. There are still an estimated 26 million people who have been forced from their communities by conflict and many more who have been displaced by natural disasters and large-scale development projects.
by Jacquie Kiggundu, Junior Professional Consultant and Research Assistant
by Khalid Koser, Fellow
In the 1980s BBC docudrama 'The March', hundred of thousands of Africans marched northwards toward the Mediterranean to escape starvation, prompting widespread panic in Europe about an impending 'flood' of 'illegal migrants'. The current global food crisis is very unlikely to result in mass migration, and population movements that do occur will almost certainly take place within countries and not across borders, and for a short-period of time only.