"Behind the numbers lie the blighted lives of people forced to leave their homes, often at a moment's notice and in the most traumatic of circumstances," said the two organisations.

People who flee inside their own country often receive "little protection and assistance from their governments," it said.

And in poor countries and places with weak governance, most IDPs "live in conditions of extreme vulnerability, and are often at risk of further upheaval and long-term impoverishment."

VIOLENCE

The report said conflict and violence spurred 75 per cent of all new displacement across Africa, up from 70 per cent in the same period a year earlier.

"This dire and clearly worsening situation demands a new approach that goes beyond humanitarian action to address the causes and long-term implications of internal displacement," IDMC chief Alexandra Bilak said in the statement.

Reversing this trend would require "early action on conflict prevention and peace-building, and overall economic and political development," she said.

NATURAL DISASTERS

And reducing risk could also help slash the number of people displaced by natural disasters.

"Effective risk reduction measures help to reduce the impact of disasters, the number of people they displace and the length of time it takes them to rebuild their lives," it said.

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