Photo: UN Photo/OCHA/David Ohana .Photo: UN Photo/OCHA/David Ohana

Global internal displacement highest in a decade

3/23/2011 // The recorded number of people displaced within their country due to conflict or violence rose to 27.5 million in 2010.

The report, Internal Displacement: Global Overview of Trends and Developments in 2010, was today launched by the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Radhika Coomaraswamy, and the Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) Elisabeth Rasmusson.

The Global Overview documents that at the end of 2010, there were 27.5 million IDPs (Internally Displaced People) world wide. This is the highest recorded number of internally displaced people in the world for the last decade, and the figure has steadily risen.

- In the last ten years, significant progress has been made in terms of our understanding of and response to internal displacement situations. Nevertheless, an increasing number of people are forced to flee within their own country, Rasmusson said at the press conference.

- As we speak, thousands of civilians in Côte d’Ivoire are fleeing to save their lives with the international community incapable of responding. More than half a million people there have been internally displaced since December, following the disputed presidential election, and more than 100,000 have fled to Liberia.

Humanitarian assistance

On a global scale, many IDPs who have returned home continue to have considerable need of protection and humanitarian assistance. The particular needs of specific internally displaced groups, such as children, women, people with disabilities and elderly people, require further attention.

The report, Internal Displacement: Global Overview of Trends and Developments in 2010, can be read in full here.

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