A total of 38 million people have been internally displaced within their countries worldwide at the end of 2014, a Norwegian humanitarian group said in a study published Wednesday. The latest figures are the highest ever recorded for the third year in a row, the group said.
The Norwegian Refugee Council’s (NRC) Internal Displacement Monitoring Center, which conducted the study, said the new figures were alarming. “These are the worst figures for forced displacement in a generation, signaling our complete failure to protect innocent civilians,” Jan Egeland, secretary general at the NRC, said in a press release.
The report found that in 2014 alone, 11 million people were displaced as new crises emerged across the world, with the equivalent of 30,000 people being forced to flee their homes every day. Of the displaced people, 60 percent came from the five countries of Iraq, South Sudan, Syria, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria. .. see more