More than 1 million internally displaced people (IDPs) returned to their areas of origin in Angola following the ceasefire in April 2002. Many more of the remaining 2.8 million IDPs are expected to follow in 2003. Yet returning IDPs face ongoing human rights abuses and grim humanitarian conditions. Those IDPs returning to areas without humanitarian support and with no basic social services in place will be among the most vulnerable populations in 2003.
18 February 2003 | Country Profile
Many thousands of people have been temporarily displaced in recent months by fighting between the Burundian government and two armed Hutu rebel groups. Up to 100,000 people are being displaced each month in worst affected areas, many of them moving from hilltop to hilltop in search of safety. Temporarily displaced people, most of them women and children, are among the most vulnerable people in Burundi.
05 February 2003 | Country Profile
The determination of the international community in implementing the right to return of the displaced persons and refugees in Bosnia and Herzegovina has paid off. The constant pressure on the local actors has finally opened the door to the return of displaced persons to areas dominated by hostile nationalist forces, particularly since 2000.
31 January 2003 | Country Profile
After more than 20 years of a civil war, which has caused the death of more than 64,000 people and displaced over a million people inside and outside the country, Sri Lanka now appears to have firmly set its course on peace and reconciliation.
02 January 2003 | Country Profile
As of June 2002 it was reported that about 45,000 people had become internally displaced in the southern part of Pakistani controlled Kashmir as a result of the dramatic military build-up on both sides of the Line of Control (LOC) that divides Kashmir between Pakistan and India.
01 January 2003 | Country Profile
IDMC Global IDP Project's Appeal for the year 2003.
01 January 2003 | Publication
Various obstacles have continued to hamper sustainable return and reintegration
31 December 2002 | Summary
Over 500,000 people have been displaced in the Democratic Republic of Congo this year, due mainly to intensified violence in the northeastern Ituri and eastern South Kivu regions. Despite a ceasefire and the withdrawal of foreign troops, over 2.5 million of about 50 million Congolese are now displaced. Most have been uprooted by fighting between rebel groups, attacks on civilians, and resource plundering.
19 December 2002 | Country Profile
Thousands of people who fled new fighting in the Republic of Congo are now facing a humanitarian crisis without aid in the war-torn Pool region. More than 40,000 of the newly displaced people are suffering malnutrition and face a looming catastrophe, in an area too insecure for humanitarian aid deliveries.
13 December 2002 | Country Profile
Many thousands of people have fled fighting, hardship and demolition of their houses in Cote d'Ivoire since a military uprising in September. Displaced civilians remain vulnerable, as the crisis looks set to deepen in the region.
02 December 2002 | Country Profile
Internal displacement in Eritrea stems from a combination of war and drought, recurrent themes in the Horn of Africa. Out of a population of 3.5 million, more than 1 million people were forced to flee their homes during a ferocious border conflict with Ethiopia that erupted in 1998. Most were able to return following a ceasefire two years later, and by November 2002 only 58,180 people remained displaced (UN, November 2002, p.1).
27 November 2002 | Country Profile
Despite some positive developments during 2002, in particular the signing in May of the implementing guidelines of the June 2001 peace agreement between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the return of nearly all those displaced by the 2000 conflict, armed clashes between the MILF and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and paramilitary groups have persistently triggered new displacements during 2002, mainly in the southern island of Mindanao.
18 November 2002 | Country Profile
Since Israel occupied the Gaza Strip and the West Bank in 1967, Israel has ordered the demolition of thousands of homes in the Palestinian Territories and has confiscated land, such as in East Jerusalem.Palestinian Territories, according to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) (McCann 4 Nov 2002).
13 November 2002 | Country Profile
Five years after the end of the brutal civil war that killed an estimated 200,000 people and forced more than half the country's 2.8 million population to flee their homes – 1.2 million of whom were internally displaced (US DOS, 1998) – lasting peace and stability in Liberia remained a pipe dream in 2002.
05 November 2002 | Country Profile
30 October 2002 | Map
Displaced Chechens face mounting pressure to return to their homeland, despite widespread insecurity in the war-torn republic and Russian government promises not to force people back. Some 5,000 people have returned to Chechnya already this year under a new campaign by Chechen, Ingush and Moscow authorities to return all Chechens by the end of 2002. Two tent camps for displaced people have been closed down.
28 October 2002 | Country Profile
Since large homeward movements earlier this year, the return of displaced Afghans has slowed considerably amid ongoing insecurity and dwindling aid for reintegration. Almost 1 million Afghans are displaced now, a sizeable number of them uprooted in the US-led war on terrorism.
26 October 2002 | Country Profile
Internal displacement in Uganda has been caused by separate armed conflicts in northern and western areas as well as violent looting and cattle raids in the East since the mid–1990s. Conflict has affected about one quarter of the country's 45 districts, and unrelenting attacks since June 2002 by LRA troops in Kitgum, Pader and Gulu have displaced at least 50,000 additional people in northern Uganda only, according to official estimates. This rose the total number of displaced in the country to close to 700,000 IDPs, by contrast to an estimated 550,000 in February 2002.
11 October 2002 | Country Profile
Since the release in July 2002 of the first version of this profile on internal displacement in Zimbabwe, the general food situation has become even more disastrous and there are clear indicators that an increasing number of people have been internally displaced by continuous political violence and the ongoing eviction of the commercial farmers.
08 October 2002 | Country Profile
With a current population estimated at 16 million persons, Kurds constitute the largest ethnic minority in Turkey (26 percent of the total population). Since the origin of the Turkish Republic, the Kurds have been denied any rights as an ethnic minority, and manifestations of Kurdish identity have often been repressed brutally by Turkish authorities.
04 October 2002 | Country Profile
In January 2002, President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah of Sierra Leone declared that his country's eleven year civil war was finally over. Just a few days earlier the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) declared that more than 45,000 former fighters had handed in their weapons, marking the end of the government's disarmament programme.
23 September 2002 | Country Profile
Since 1993, the ethnic war in Burundi has caused the death of at least 250,000 persons, the vast majority of which have been civilians. The establishment of a power–sharing transitional government in November 2001 including ethnic Hutu and Tutsi representation, was seen by local and international observers as a positive step to solve the conflict.
11 September 2002 | Country Profile
In the wake of the financial crisis that hit Indonesia in 1998, religious and ethnic violence as well as renewed aspirations for separatism started to surface throughout the country, spreading rapidly from one area to another and leading to the displacement of more than half a million people in 1999.
30 August 2002 | Country Profile
Internal displacement has only been a recent phenomenon in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to as Macedonia). People only became displaced in the beginning of 2001 when the National Liberation Army (NLA) took up arms to fight for the rights of ethnic Albanian community in Macedonia.
26 August 2002 | Country Profile
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