DRC has world’s most displaced population

DRCFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – THE Democratic Republic of Congo is worst affected by the conflict, violence and disasters that have caused 31,1 million new internal displacements over the past year.
Of these displacements, 2,6 million took place in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo was the country with the worst toll, with a spike of 922 000 new displacements during the past year alone.
Next were Syria (824 000), Iraq (659 000), Afghanistan (653 000), Nigeria (501 000) and Yemen (478 000).
Alexandra Bilak, Director of Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), said the problem in DRC highlighted how the failure to address the underlying causes of conflict and crisis resulted in cyclical patterns of displacement.
The central African country is battling the deadly re-emergence of militia that are involved in clashes with security forces.
The problem has been most severe in the central Kasai region where militia protest the death of slain tribal leader, Kamuina Nsapu in August.
Some 400 civilians have been killed during the skirmishes worsened by President Joseph Kabila’s prolonged stay in power.
Meanwhile, the Norwegian Refugee Council said in 2016, one person every second was forced to flee their home inside their own country.
Internally displaced people now outnumber refugees by two to one.
“It is urgent to put internal displacement back on the global agenda,” said Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the NRC.

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