MILLIONS OF PEOPLE FORCED FROM THEIR HOMES DUE TO CONFLICT AND DISASTERS IN FIRST HALF OF 2019
Geneva, 12 September 2019 – More than 10 million new internal displacements were recorded between January and June 2019, according to a new report by The Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC).
Of the total, 3.8 million were triggered by conflict and violence, primarily across Africa and the Middle East. The majority took place in Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan and Libya. Tripoli experienced its worst episode of violence since the beginning of Libya's civil war.
Ongoing instability in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia and Nigeria also drove wide waves of new displacement. Boko Haram insurgency. Boko Haram insurgency.
“These figures are alarmingly high, particularly as we are only half way through the year. They say that the causes of conflict and inequality are not being addressed, “said Alexandra Bilak, IDMC 's director
Disasters triggered a record seven million new displacements. The fact that the vast majority was associated with storms and floods
Cyclone Fani triggered millions of new displacements in the form of life-saving evacuations in India and Bangladesh, while cyclone Idai wreaked havoc across Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Madagascar, where many people are still displaced. Floods were similarly devastating in Iran, where they affected around 90 percent of the country, and across Ethiopia, the Philippines, and Bolivia.
The latter half of the year, IDMC estimates that the number of new displacements associated with disasters will more than triple the end of the year to around 22 million. This would make 2019 one of the worst years on record for this type of displacement.
“The international community can not continue to ignore internally displaced people,” said Bilak. “We must support national governments in their efforts to protect and assist IDPs, build peace and invest in sustainable development and climate change adaptation. The International Displacement Monitoring Center (19659003) The International Displacement Monitoring Center (19659003) The International Displacement Monitoring Center (19659003) IDMC) is the world's authoritative source of data and analysis on internal displacement. Since its establishment in 1998, as part of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), IDMC has offered a rigorous, independent and trusted service to the international community.
Frankie Parrish, IDMC
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