2.2 million Iraqis displaced by Islamic State: Report
May 6, Beirut: At least 38 million people have been internally displaced in their countries worldwide, with 2.2 million Iraqis alone forced to flee from their homes in 2014 after the Islamic State group overrun their areas, a Norwegian humanitarian group said.
The study done by the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Internal Displacement Monitoring Center was released Wednesday said that 11 million were newly displaced last year and mostly because of conflicts in Syria, Iraq, South Sudan, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo, accounting for 60 percent of the new displacement.
The group said that at least 1.1 million Syrians also fled their homes last year.
Syria has the highest number of internally displaced, with 7.6 million dislodged because of the conflict, now in its fifth year. That’s at least 35 percent of the population.
The Oslo Times