(MENAFN - Arab News) Geneva: the war in syria is driving one family from their home every minute pushing the number of people internally displaced by conflict to record highs globally a report said wednesday.
the study by the internal displacement monitoring center (idmc) said that 33.3 million people were displaced by violence in their own nations last year.
the report showed that just five countries accounted for two-thirds of the tally: syria colombia nigeria the democratic republic of congo and sudan.
internally displaced people (idps) are those who flee their homes but do not leave their country as opposed to those who cross a border and are counted as refugees.
while the bulk of the 33.3 million were people who had already fled before 2013 — including some displaced over a decade ago — the total of new idps reached 8.2 million by the end of the year the report said.
of those nearly half were in syria.
with 9500 people a day — approximately one family every 60 seconds — being displaced inside syria the country remains the largest and fastest evolving displacement crisis in the world.
“the idmc report reveals a frightening reality of life inside syria now the largest internal displacement crisis in the world” said former un aid chief jan egeland who now runs the norwegian refugee council of which the imdc is part.