Millions uprooted by armed conflicts and weather related disasters

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Internally displaced people in South Sudan

Over 3.5 million people were newly displaced around the world in 2011 as a result of armed conflicts and weather related disasters.

This represented a 20 per cent increase over displacements in 2010 according to a joint report by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) and the Norwegian Refugee Council.

The report says the uprising in North Africa and the Middle East displaced over 830,000 people in 2011 which was six times the number of those displaced in the region the previous year.

The number of newly displaced people in Afghanistan almost doubled as the country's armed conflict spread to new areas while in Somalia the impact of drought and famine lead to massive population movement.

In Colombia, the activities of drug cartels and paramilitary gangs continue to force many families out of their homes.

Speaking at the launch of the report, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres called for more effort to assist internally displaced persons saying their plight was escaping the world's attention.

"This is an overview of those displaced by conflict and violence. But what we are witnessing in today's world is more and more complex situation in which a number mega-trends are interacting with each other, population growth, urbanization, climate change, water scarcity food insecurity, and not only are they interacting with each other they are drivers of conflict and direct drivers of displacement. Natural disasters and the slow onset of drought are in deed forcing more and more people to move and they move usually within the borders of their own states."

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