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15,000 people displaced every day inside African countries, according to new IDMC report
IDMC's director calls on the development sector to join humanitarians in preventing and reducing internal displacement and finding long-term solutions for the millions of people affected
As the world focuses its attention on preventing irregular migration and protecting refugees coming out of Africa, the displacement that happens behind its own borders persists at an alarming rate.
New study presents key findings to address displacement risk and impacts in the Greater Horn of Africa
Tuesday 26 September 2017 (Geneva/Mombasa)
Affected areas: Chittagong, Dhaka, Khulna, Mymensingh, Rajshahi, Rangpur, Sylhet divisions
Cause of displacement Disaster:
Figures More than 427,000 new disaster displacements between 12 August and 4 September
IDMC reported 27.8 million new incidents of internal displacement worldwide in 2015. The figure, however, only includes those associated with conflict and rapid-onset disasters. It does not cover people forced from their homes by development projects and slow-onset disasters, making it a significant underestimate of the overall phenomenon.
The Kampala Convention, adopted in 2009, became legally binding on all African Union (AU) states that agreed to ratify it in only three years.
Since then the Convention has gained increasing support and other regions in the world look at it as an example of a common framework assisting prevention and response to displacement, potentially to be replicated.
"Durable solutions for IDPs: challenges and way forward" is a training package developed to build the capacity of relevant actors to engage in national durable solutions processes. It consists of materials making up a 2.5-day participative event based largely on the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement and the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC)’s framework on durable solutions. Its structure and contents are flexible, it can be adapted to specific countries or displacement situations and to shorter timeframes if necessary.
Since the 2006 signing of a cease-fire agreement between the government of Uganda and the Lord’s Resistance Army there has been significant return of those displaced by conflict in northern Uganda. The overwhelming majority of the 1.8 million internally displaced people (IDPs) who lived in camps at the height of the crisis have returned to their areas of origin, driven by their cultural ties to the land and the region, or resettled in new locations. Support for recovery and development in areas to which IDPs have returned has been insufficient.
Le 6 décembre 2012, la Convention de l’Union africaine sur la protection et l’assistance aux personnes déplacées en Afrique (PDI), connue sous le nom de Convention de Kampala, adoptée à Kampala, Ouganda le 23 octobre 2009, est entrée en vigueur.
Depuis que l’Armée de résistance du Seigneur (Lord’s Resistance Army – LRA) a émergé dans les années 1980, on estime que ce mouvement a causé le déplacement d’environ 2,5 millions de personnes à l’intérieur-même des pays d’Afrique centrale, et à travers leurs frontières.
Since the Lord’s Resistance Army first emerged in the 1980s, the group’s violence has displaced an estimated 2.5 million people within and across borders in central Africa. It originated in Uganda, where it took up arms in response to the central government’s marginalisation of the Acholi people, and by 2005, around 1.8 million people had been internally displaced by the conflict. As early as 1993, the LRA began operating what is now South Sudan before moving into north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and south-eastern Central African Republic (CAR).
LRA victims stuck in cycle of fear and flight, says new report
A new report released today offers a revealing insight into the realities of life for those who live side-by-side with one of the most vicious and notorious armed groups in the world, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).
GENEVA, 17 SEPTEMBER 2013 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
28.8 million internally displaced people worldwide in 2012, record high includes five-fold increase in Syria
GENEVA, 29 APRIL 2013: The number of people internally displaced by armed conflict, violence and human rights violations at the end of 2012 was 28.8 million, an increase of 2.4 million people on the previous year and the highest global figure ever reported by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC).
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News alert 17 April, 2013
The figures above reflect people internally displaced due to conflict based on IDMC monitoring in 2011, but does not include those internally displaced by other causes including natural disasters or development projects. The Kampala Convention comprehensively includes all causes of displacement.
Geneva, November 2012: As Goma falls to rebel group M23, and tens of thousands are forced to flee their homes, the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) highlight critical concerns regarding internally displaced girls and boys who face an increased risk of rape, abuse and recruitment.
Exploring development initiatives to alleviate internal displacement caused by conflict, violence and natural disasters
Since the 2006 signing of a cease-fire agreement between the government of Uganda and the Lord’s Resistance Army there has been significant return of those displaced by conflict in northern Uganda. The overwhelming majority of the 1.8 million internally displaced people (IDPs) who lived in camps at the height of the crisis have returned to their areas of origin or resettled in new locations. Driven by their cultural ties to the land and the region, most have opted for return.