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More than 660,000 people have been displaced by conflict despite calls for a global ceasefire by COVID-19

May 22, 2020

A global ceasefire to focus efforts to combat COVID-19. That was the appeal made by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on March 23. Almost two months later, however, not only did the weapons not stop and the fighting in large parts of the world did not stop, but more than 660,000 people were forced to leave their homes.

“At a time when health experts are asking us to stay home, men with guns are forcing hundreds of thousands of people out of their homes and making them extremely vulnerable,” denounced the Secretary General of the Norwegian Council. for refugees (NRC), Jan Egeland. “This not only hurts those who are forced to flee, but seriously hinders our joint efforts to fight the virus,” he warns.

The Norwegian NGO counted 661,000 displaced people in 19 countries between Guterres’ application and May 15. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is the country with the highest number of displaced people during this period as a result of attacks by armed groups and clashes with security forces with more than 480,000 displaced people.

More than 660,000 people have been displaced by conflict despite calls for a global ceasefire by COVID-19
More than 660,000 people have been displaced by conflict despite calls for a global ceasefire by COVID-19

In the African country, the Ituri region (east) was the focus of the displacement. In April, around 263,000 people were displaced due to violence, which killed around 300 people, including children. There were also a large number of displaced persons in North Kivu with 147,000, in South Kivu with 24,000, two further eastern regions and in Tanganjika with 47,000.