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IDPs returning home, but to ongoing poverty and lack of access to basic services

Two years after violent conflict erupted in Dili in May 2006, some of the 100,000 people who remained displaced in April 2008 have started returning home. About a third of these internally displaced people (IDPs) were in camps in the capital, and the rest with relatives and friends in the districts where they had sought refuge after the violence.

31 October 2008 | Overview

IDMC

Afghanistan: Increasing hardship and limited support for growing displaced population

Hundreds of thousands of people in Afghanistan have been internally displaced by armed conflict, ethnic tensions or human rights violations, natural disasters such as drought, or secondary displacement in the case of refugees and deportees who have returned from neighbouring countries.

28 October 2008 | Country Profile

IDMC

Increasing hardship and limited support for growing displaced population

Hundreds of thousands of people in Afghanistan have been internally displaced by armed conflict, ethnic tensions or human rights violations, natural disasters such as drought, or secondary dis-placement in the case of refugees and deportees who have returned from neighbouring countries.

28 October 2008 | Overview

IDMC

Rate of new displacement highest in two decades

The protracted internal armed conflict in Colombia had by June 2008 displaced 2,649,139 people according to the government, and 4,361,355 people according to a reliable non-governmental source. An alarming trend of rising internal displacement has been registered since 2006, and the highest rate of displacement in 23 years was recorded in the first semester of 2008.

17 October 2008 | Overview

IDMC

Colombia: Rate of new displacement highest in two decades

The protracted internal armed conflict in Colombia had by June 2008 displaced 2,649,139 people according to the government, and 4,361,355 people according to a reliable non-governmental source. An alarming trend of rising internal displacement has been registered since 2006, and the highest rate of displacement in 23 years was recorded in the first semester of 2008.

17 October 2008 | Country Profile

IDMC

Escalating displacement in North Kivu despite ceasefire agreement

Fighting between Congolese armed forces and dissident troops and militias, as well as widespread human rights violations committed by all groups, has caused the dis-placement of at least 150,000 people in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from January to July 2008, mostly in North Kivu province.

30 September 2008 | Overview

IDMC

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Escalating displacement in North Kivu despite ceasefire agreement

Fighting between Congolese armed forces and dissident troops and militias, as well as widespread human rights violations committed by all groups, has caused the displacement of at least 150,000 people in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from January to July 2008, mostly in North Kivu province.

30 September 2008 | Country Profile

Quarterly Update July - September 2008

This Quarterly Update covers the activities of the Geneva-based Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) between 1 July and 30 September 2008.

30 September 2008 | Publication

IDMC

Occupied Palestinian Territory: Forced displacement continues

Forced displacement has a long history in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), as both a consequence and root cause of the Israeli-Palestinian/Arab conflict over resources and land. Certain patterns of displacement in their severity and consistency attest to a policy of forced displacement for the purpose of acquiring land, redefining demographic boundaries, and divesting Palestinians of ownership guaranteed under international law.

10 September 2008 | Country Profile

IDMC

Forced displacement continues

Forced displacement has a long history in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), as both a consequence and root cause of the Israeli-Palestinian/Arab conflict over resources and land.

10 September 2008 | Overview

The Great Lakes Pact and the Rights of Displaced People: A Guide for Civil Society

A Guide aimed to help organisations use the Great Lakes Pact to promote the rights of refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) in Africa’s Great Lakes region.

01 September 2008 | Publication

Internal displacement to urban areas: the Tufts-IDMC profiling study

IDMC identified the need to develop and test a methodology to assess the number and situation of IDPs in urban centres

01 September 2008 | Publication

IDMC

Georgia: Tentative return of some of the people who fled August 2008 conflict

Two weeks after military offensives by Georgia and the Russian Federation, thousands of the 150,000 or more ethnic Georgians and Ossetians who had fled the conflict had returned home by 26 August. Ethnic Georgians have so far only been able to return to towns such as Gori, but not to South Ossetia proper.

29 August 2008 | Overview

Broader and improved support for durable solutions required

The lack of adequate support to return and the reluctance of national and international authorities to promote other durable solutions is preventing IDPs and returnees resuming their life

28 August 2008 | Overview

IDMC

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Broader and improved support for durable solutions required

Twelve years after the war ended, the State Ministry for Human Rights and Refugees (MHRR) of Bosnia and Herzegovina estimated in June 2008 that some 125,000 registered internally displaced people (IDPs) remain. This figure is likely to remain stable in view of the limited number of returns over the past three years and the lack of support for other durable solutions.

28 August 2008 | Country Profile

IDMC

Returns in the east but new displacements in the north

The protracted armed conflict in Sri Lanka between government forces and the rebel Libera-tion Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has led to 70,000 deaths and the internal displacement of over one million people. At present almost half a million people, out of the country’s popula-tion of 21 million, remain as internally displaced person (IDPs).

27 August 2008 | Overview

IDMC

Sri Lanka: Returns in the east but new displacements in the north

The 25-year-old civil war in Sri Lanka, stemming from historical differences between the Sinhalese majority and the Tamil minority, has led to more than 70,000 deaths and the displacement of over a million people, almost half of whom continue to be internally displaced persons (IDPs) today.

27 August 2008 | Country Profile

IDMC

Georgia: At least 128,000 people internally displaced by renewed conflict

Hundreds of people have been killed and at least 158,000 ethnic Georgians and Ossetians have fled their homes in South Ossetia and Georgia, due to military offensives by Georgia and the Russian Federation over the last week. Among them, 128,000 found refuge in Georgia proper and in South Ossetia, while 30,000 are estimated to have fled to North Ossetia in the Russian Federation.

21 August 2008 | Overview

IDMC

The Many Faces of Displacement: IDPs in Zimbabwe

Hundreds of thousands of people have been internally displaced in Zimbabwe as a result of the actions of their own government. Most recently, tens of thousands of people have been displaced by a campaign of state-sponsored violence following the elections on 29 March 2008.

21 August 2008 | Country Profile

IDMC

Philippines: Displacement increases as Mindanao’s peace process stumbles on

Fighting and displacement in the Philippines have increased in the past two years. From less than 100,000 in 2006, the number of people displaced by conflict reached 170,000 in 2007 and has exceeded 290,000 during 2008. Most are in the southern region of Mindanao, where the government has been fighting secessionist Moro (Muslim) rebels groups for the past 30 years.

19 August 2008 | Country Profile

IDMC

Guatemala: 12 years after conflict, few solutions for IDPs or other victims

Almost twelve years after the end of Guatemala’s 36-year civil war in 1996, the merit of considering internally displaced people (IDPs) separately is open to debate. Some claim that the many problems still shared by IDPs and other groups of victims render the category obsolete, but others argue that the number of forcibly displaced people still unable to regain their land or reintegrate elsewhere means the distinction remains important.

12 August 2008 | Country Profile

IDMC

Twelve years after conflict, few solutions for IDPs or other victims

Almost twelve years after the end of Guatemala’s 36-year civil war in 1996, the merit of con-sidering internally displaced people (IDPs) separately is open to debate. Some claim that the many problems still shared by IDPs and other groups of victims render the category obsolete, but others argue that the number of forcibly displaced people still unable to regain their land or reintegrate elsewhere means the distinction remains important.

12 August 2008 | Overview

IDMC

Displacement increases as Mindanao’s peace process stumbles on

Fighting and displacement in the Philippines have increased in the past two years. From less than 100,000 in 2006, the number of people displaced by conflict reached 170,000 in 2007 and has exceeded 290,000 during 2008. Most are in the southern region of Mindanao, where the government has been fighting secessionist Moro (Muslim) rebels groups for the past 30 years

08 August 2008 | Overview

The Many Faces of Displacement: IDPs in Zimbabwe

IDMC report examining the plight of internally displaced people in Zimbabwe and focusing on the needs of IDPs in terms of humanitarian assistance and protection, and highlights gaps in the current response by the government and the international community.

01 August 2008 | Publication

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