In Summary
  • Internal displacement has soared in a number of countries where conflicts have worsened. Conflict and violence spurred 75 per cent of all new displacement across Africa.
  • People who flee inside their own country often receive little protection and assistance from their governments, report says.

GENEVA

Conflicts, violence and disaster across Africa forced some 15,000 people to flee their homes every day in the first half of the year, international monitors said on Wednesday.

A total of 2.7 million Africans were internally displaced within their own countries in the first six months of 2017, a report by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) found.

IDPs

They join the estimated 12.6 million internally displaced people (IDPs) living in African countries at the end of 2016.

That number does not include those who have fled across borders to seek refuge, with UN figures showing there were more than 5.6 million refugees in Africa by end of last year.

Internal displacement has soared in a number of countries where conflicts have worsened, including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria and South Sudan, Wednesday's report showed.

DISPLACED

Nearly one million people were displaced inside DR Congo in the first half of the year — more than the total for 2016.

And more than 200,000 people fled their homes in Central African Republic — four times as many as a year earlier.

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