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DRIVEN FROM THEIR HOMES: Refugees fleeing violence reaches 33.3 million worldwide

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
5/15/2014 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Syria, Nigeria - even Colombia dealing with refugees and displacement

Forced to flee their homes and loved ones, the number of people living in refugee status has climbed to 33.3 million people globally. This number represents an increase by 16 percent or 4.5 million from similar figures in 2012, an international report says.

In South America, Colombia, while witnessing moves towards peace saw an increase in IDPs for the 10th year in succession, bringing the total to 5.7 million at the end of 2013.

In South America, Colombia, while witnessing moves towards peace saw an increase in IDPs for the 10th year in succession, bringing the total to 5.7 million at the end of 2013.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
5/15/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: Internally displaced people, Syria, Nigeria, Colombia


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to the Norwegian Refugee Council, nearly two thirds of the global amount were in just five countries - Syria, Colombia, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Sudan.

The Middle Eastern nation of Syria has at least 6.5 million people who have been driven from their homes in the last three years. Fighting between government forces and insurgents in Syria has taken the lead over Colombia, which has suffered from decades of guerrilla wars.

Starvation never take a vacation --

Syria accounted for 43 percent, or 3.5 million of all the new internally displaced people, or IDPs globally last year.

The report "reveals a frightening reality of life inside Syria," where on average now one family is being displaced every minute, Council Secretary General Jan Egeland, a former top United Nations official says.

In South America, Colombia, while witnessing moves towards peace saw an increase in IDPs for the 10th year in succession, bringing the total to 5.7 million at the end of 2013.

IDPs in Nigeria sets its total at 3.3 million, driven by inter-communal and inter-religious violence which first began to affect the large African state in the late 1990s.

The insurgency by Islamist Boko Haram fighters and what it called "heavy-handed counter-insurgency operations" by the Nigerian army.

The Council's Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre has put together the annual report for 15 years based on information from governments, relief organizations, United Nations' agencies and its own observers on the ground.

IDPs are not to be confused with refugees, who are defined as people who have been forced to cross frontiers into other countries.

The total of IDPs in the DRC, also the scene of decades of violence as armed groups have fought for control of natural resources, reached at least 2,9 million, and in almost equally troubled Sudan it reached 2,4 million.

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