UN ALARM-ALERT: “30,000 PEOPLE FORCED to ABANDON THEIR HOMES EVERYDAY” At the end of 2014, 38 million people have been displaced in their own country due to conflicts and violence

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A real but negative record. In fact, according to the latest report of the MonitoringCentre on IDPs (Idmc), part of the Norwegian Refugee Council (Nrc), which was presented yesterday in Geneva, 38 million people have been left homless in their own country due to conflicts and violence in the world at the end of 2014. The study was presented in conjunction with the Un High Commissioner for Refugees (Unhcr) and the figure marks a record high for the third consecutive year.

“These are the worst figures on forced displacements in one generation-said Jan Egeland, Secretary General of Nrc-diplomacy, UN resolutions, peace talks and the ceasefire agreements have lost their battle against ruthless gunmen, driven by political or religious interests, rather than human imperatives”. Only in the past year, 11 million new IDPs have been registered, which equates to an average of 30,000 people a dayhave been forced to abandon their home every three seconds.

According to data provided by the “2015 Global Overview: people displaced by conflict and violence,”, 60% originates from Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria. Iraq is the country that registered the sharpest increase of new IDPs in 2014, about 2.2 million, while Syria has the highest number of IDPs in the world, approximately 40% of the national population.

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