In event co-organized by Qatar Charity, QFFD, and IDMC Report on internal displacement in MENA region launched
The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) launched "A decade of displacement in the Middle East and North Africa”, IDMC's first report on the scale, drivers, patterns, and impacts of internal displacement in the MENA region, in a virtual event co-organized by IDMC, Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD), and Qatar Charity (QC). The event, which was organized remotely, was attended by many representatives of UN organizations and those concerned with internal displacement.On the sidelines of this event, a symposium was held to discuss the findings of the report and explore sustainable solutions to contribute to refugees and IDPs’ stability. Alexandra Bilak, Director, IDMC, who moderated the event, talked about the internal displacement in the MENA region, and its impact on the social, economic, and political fabric. She noted the critical conditions of the internally displaced in Syria, Yemen, Palestine, pointing out that humanitarian responders are struggling to deliver basic food, medical, health, and education aid. Bilak praised Qatar Charity's efforts in supporting the IDPs community in the Middle East and North Africa region, thanking Qatar Charity and QFFD for co-launching the report and co-organizing this event. Unprecedented ChangesNawaf Abdulla A H AlHammadi, the CEO Assistant for International Operations and Programs The sector, Qatar Charity, welcomed the launch of the first report on internal displacement in the Middle East and North Africa, which has been witnessing unprecedented changes for ten years.He also said that such a report is essential because it provides solid evidence on the scale and the risks of the issue and serves as the cornerstone for discussion on possible solutions.Despite the existence of IDP laws and policies on a global level, we lack them in the places where they are most needed, stated Al-Hammadi, noting that only a few countries in the MENA region have internal displacement laws on a national level. Mr. Misfer Hamad Al-Shahwani, Deputy Director-General for Development Projects, QFFD, expressed his appreciation for the efforts in launching the report, and the discussion to reach sustainable solutions for the displaced, as their number has more than tripled since 2011. He also shed light on the scale of the humanitarian tragedy faced by the region, the increasing number of IPDs, and the reasons for internal displacement, indicating that the situation of IDPs worsened in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Figures on IDPs in MENA Region · 12.4 million IDPs in the Middle East and North Africa· 6.3 million internally displaced females · The number of the displaced has more than tripled since 2011.