ABOUT 6.5 MILLION PEOPLE HAVE BEEN DISPLACED INSIDE UKRAINE, SAYS THE UNITED NATION
Geneva (Afp) – Nearly 6.5 Million People Have Been Displaced Within Ukraine, The United Nations Migration Agency Said On Friday, In Addition To The 3.2 Million Who Have Already Fled The Country.
This means that about a quarter of Ukraine’s 44 million people have been forced from their homes. The International Organization for Migration estimates that Ukraine is on pace in just three weeks towards levels of displacement from the devastating war in Syria, which has displaced nearly 13 million people from their homes inside and outside the country. The report came in a paper published Friday by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. The statistics also shows that more than 12 million people are stranded in the affected areas or the United Nations.
The record referred to IOM figures as ‘a good representation of the scale of internal displacement in Ukraine – calculated at 6.48 million IDPs in Ukraine as of March 16.’ The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said the fighting that followed Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24 triggered the most serious refugee crisis in Europe since World War Two. Referring to Ukraine’s population of about 44 million before the war began, he said, “According to these estimates, nearly half of the country is either internally displaced, stranded in affected areas or unable to leave, or has already fled to other countries. Neighboring”.
Report has it that 9.56 million people have been displaced by the war so far as of Wednesday, and another 2.2 million are considering leaving. The International Organization for Migration estimates that more than 3 million people have fled abroad as of Wednesday. In its latest figures released on Friday, UNHCR said more than 3.2 million people have fled Ukraine.