Dr Jeff Crisp, RSC Research Associate and Chatham House Associate Fellow, writes this week to highlight the lack of attention given to internally displaced people (IDPs) and those who are unable to move, in countries such as Syria, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, and Yemen – people who are often beyond the reach of aid agencies.
He writes, “While the international community’s recent efforts to address the refugee issue are to be welcomed, those initiatives must not become an excuse for a failure to act on behalf of the internally displaced and those who are trapped in conflict zones. Their protection needs are often greater and must consequently be given a much higher priority than is currently the case.”
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