Record number internally displaced by conflict – report

Record number internally displaced by conflict – report

Conflict and violence around the world have displaced a record 38 million people inside their own countries, a new report says.
Nearly a third were displaced last year alone, with an average 30,000 people fleeing their homes a day.
The figures published by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) were described as the worst in a generation.
Iraq, South Sudan, Syria, Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria had the most newly displaced people.
Jan Egeland, the NRC’s secretary general, said the figures should act as a wake-up call to global political leaders.
“Global diplomats, UN resolutions, peace talks and ceasefire agreements have lost the battle against ruthless armed men who are driven by political or religious interests rather than human imperatives,” he said in a statement.
The NRC’s annual Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) report said Syria had the highest number of internally displaced people – people who remain in their homeland, as opposed to refugees, who cross borders.
It said 7.6 million people had left their homes because of the conflict, now in its fifth year – at least 35% of the population.
BBC