Against a backdrop of pervasive violence in the region, indigenous communities in Guatemala struggle to resist being displaced by various pressures, ranging from climate change to economic development project encroachments on their ancestral. In this blog, researchers Ananda S. Millard and Gloria Lara-Florian describe some initial findings from their research for an IDMC project examining internal displacement in the context of criminal violence in the region.
IDMC Director, Alexandra Bilak
On 4 April, the United Nations declared the end of the level-three emergency in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The decision to downgrade the crisis from the highest state of humanitarian alert was made amid tense political positioning ahead of presidential elections due at the end of the year, ongoing conflict and violence, spiralling humanitarian needs and one of the world’s most acute internal displacement situations.
17 APRIL 2018, GENEVA
To raise awareness of the global phenomenon of internal displacement, eight international organisations are combining their voices in a global campaign to highlight the situation of internally displaced people (IDPs) worldwide. Men, women and children forced to abandon their homes because of conflict, violence, disasters or development projects but who have not crossed an international border to seek refuge abroad.
As if Syrian government offensives were not driving enough people from their homes, a Turkish intervention in the north has forced tens of thousands more to flee.
Last week marked the seventh anniversary of the start of Syria’s civil war, but there was little to celebrate. The fighting continues unabated, forcing around 500,000 people to flee their homes in the first weeks of 2018 alone. Many of them were already living in displacement.
Chaos in Afrin