Map of the Day: The Internally Displaced

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Today’s map comes via the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center. (Larger image here.) which released its new annual report on the number and location of internally displaced people worldwide.

The report is full of bad news. There are 33 million people internally displaced around the world, which is a record high number–and 16% greater than the year prior, which was also a record number.  The data behind this number reveals where this displacement is most acute.

As of the end of 2013, sub-Saharan Africa had the largest total number of IDPs (12.5 million)
followed by the Middle East and north Africa (9.1 million)

63% of all IDPs globally come from just five countries affected by conflict: Syria, Colombia,
Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Sudan.

Around 8.2 million people were newly displaced in 2013, an increase by 24% compared with

78% of all those newly displaced in 2013 came from just five countries affected by conflict: Syria,  DRC, the Central African Republic (CAR), Nigeria and Sudan.

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These figures should not come as a surprise to those who follow global news. But the data is a stark reminder that new conflicts over the last year are among the worst in recent history in terms of the number of people directly affected by violence.