Pastoralist women and children displaced by drought collect water from a distribution point in Gode, Ethiopia. AP
By the end of 2022, 5.9 million people had been forced to move inside Ukraine because of Russia's invasion, bringing the global total of people internally displaced by conflict and violence to more than 62 million, an increase of 17% since 2021. Syria had 6.8 million displaced by conflict after more than a decade of civil war.
The number of people displaced inside their country at the end of the year because of disasters like floods and famine reached 8.7 million, up by 45% from 2021.
The total of 71.1 million internally displaced worldwide was a 20% increase since 2021.
Internal displacement refers to people forced to move inside their own borders and the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre's report didn’t take into account those who left for different countries.
Syrians walk in a camp for internally displaced people in Al Bab, northern Syria, on May 29, 2018. AP
Following a year when conflict raged in Ukraine, Syria, Ethiopia and elsewhere, there has been no respite in 2023. The United Nations migration agency said this week that 700,000 people have already been internally displaced in a matter of weeks by the conflict in Sudan between the army and a rival paramilitary group.
The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre cited the La Nina weather phenomenon, which continued for a third consecutive year in 2022, as a major factor in disaster displacements. It contributed to record levels of flood displacement in Pakistan, Nigeria and Brazil and to the worst drought on record in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia, the report said.
There was a "perfect storm” of conflict and natural disasters in 2022, leading to "displacement on a scale never seen before,” said Jan Egeland, secretary general of the Norwegian Refugee Council.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said about 2.3 million others were displaced by conflict in the same period, indicating the vast majority of internal displacements are now triggered by climate change.
Khalil Ashawi went to the Atmeh camp for displaced people on the Syrian-Turkish border, where families have been sheltering since 2011 from a conflict that has made half of Syrians homeless.
"Our ability to hear is precious. Untreated hearing loss can have a devastating impact on people’s ability to communicate, to study and to earn a living. It can also impact on people’s mental health and their ability to sustain relationships," said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.
The region's 120,000 Armenians did not want to live as part of Azerbaijan for fear of persecution and ethnic cleansing. The mass exodus by car towards the border with Armenia began on Sunday.
Nasir said diabetic patients in Lahore, Kasur and other districts were administered Avastin injections to address retinal damage. However, the injections led to severe infections, ultimately resulting in the loss of sight of a dozen patients.
Before allegedly dying by suicide, the couple recorded a video in which they mentioned the names of the accused, the police said.
Talking to Gulf Today, a number of applicants affirmed that the wise leadership is the primary supporter of the youth to enable them to take up high positions in a move unseen in any other country in the world for building the future of the homeland.