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Number of People Displaced Worldwide Has Tripled in a Year: IDMC

38 million people displaced worldwide by internal conflict as compared to 11 million in 2013, says monitoring group.

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Number of People Displaced Worldwide Has Tripled in a Year: IDMC
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A total of 38 million people have been displaced from their homes worldwide between 2013 and 2014. The number has more than tripled compared to last year’s figures of 11 million, according to a report by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre.

These millions of people have been displaced due to internal conflicts. South Sudan, Syria and Iraq are the worst hit.

“These are the worst figures for forced displacement in a generation, signaling our complete failure to protect innocent civilians,” said Jan Egeland, the director of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), the parent group of the IDMC. Egeland stated that closed borders was one of the main reasons for the rise in the numbers of IDPs across the world, as reported by CNN-IBN.

The annual report was prepared by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, a part of the NRC, and presented by Egeland in Geneva in the presence of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Volker Turk.

Syrians carry their belongings as they arrive by foot in Wadi Khaled area, northern Lebanon, near the Lebanese-Syrian border. (Photo: Reuters)

This report is based on data and analysis gathered between January and December 2014 in 60 countries and territories across the world.

This will be the third year that displacement due to internal conflict and violence was alarmingly high, the report suggested.

Global diplomats, UN resolutions, peace talks and cease-fire agreements have lost the battle against ruthless armed men who are driven by political or religious interests rather than human imperatives.
– Jan Egeland

The huge Kalma camp for internally displaced people in Southern Darfur state shelters just under 150,000 villagers who fled attacks by Arab militias. (Photo: Reuters)

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