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August 25
Michel Gabaudan
In many ways, the response of the Ukrainian government to the mass internal displacement has been unique and in stark contrast with what we witness in most countries confronting internal displacement.

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Over the course of the past decade, millions of Iraqis have been forced to flee their homes. Prior to 2014, approximately one million Iraqis were internally displaced, mostly due to the sectarian conflict of 2006 – 2008. Since January 2014, millions more have been uprooted by government-militant violence and the advance of the group known as the Islamic State or ISIS. Humanitarian access across Iraq has become more and more limited due to security concerns. One third of the country is now controlled by ISIS and therefore virtually out-of-reach to international organizations, and access in parts of the government-controlled areas, including Baghdad, is difficult and unreliable. As a result, many of Iraq’s 3.2 million internally displaced (IDPs) are in need of lifesaving assistance, including access to food, clean water, adequate shelter, and healthcare.

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The civil conflict that has engulfed the Central African Republic for more than two years has displaced nearly 20 percent of the 4.6 million population, both internally and in neighboring countries. In the past year, certain parts of CAR have stabilized, including the capital, Bangui, and international donors have begun to turn their attention toward early recovery programs and planning for national elections. But the crisis is not over. Areas of conflict and volatility have simply shifted as rebel groups and militias relocate throughout the country. Strong humanitarian support from donors is essential to mitigate the impact of continuing violence, and aid agencies must take steps to ensure that the aid systems in place are as effective as possible.