Displaced Populations Report Jul - Dec 2008
- The total number of Internally Displaced People in the CEA region is 9.1 million in December 2008. The total number of refugees stands at 1.8 million.
- Three out of four IDP are in the Greater Horn of Africa reflecting mainly the combined internal displacement from the crises in Sudan/Darfur and Somalia.
- Chad, Tanzania and Kenya host the highest number of refugees in the region.
On 18 December, marking the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes launched a global campaign to raise awareness about the plight of Internally Displaced People (IDPs). The campaign focus in 2009 will be on preventing displacement and finding solutions to it.
John Holmes highlighted the importance of IDP protection and finding measures to bring an end to the poverty, destitution, abuse and discrimination faced by displaced people. He also stressed the need to focus on disaster risk reduction and preparedness done by governments with the support of the UN. The global campaign will target 40 countries beginning with the Central African Republic in January 2009.