Edited by Benoît Mayer, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, Chinese University of Hong Kong and François Crépeau, Hans & Tamar Oppenheimer Professor in Public International Law, Faculty of Law, McGill University, Canada
The thematic report presents the first baseline for displacement risk associated with sudden-onset disasters in the countries of the Greater Horn of Africa with the ultimate aim of reducing future displacement risk. As sudden-onset natural hazards, primarily floods, caused more than 600,000 new displacements in 2016 in the Greater Horn of Africa, this report is very timely.
The Lake Chad crisis has now displaced 2.4 million people. The displacement is largely a result of the conflict with Boko Haram, but we wondered what impact climate change and the shrinking Lake Chad played in the crisis? Climate Refugees traveled to the Lake Chad Basin in July 2017 to find out.
The scale of internal displacement has risen to unprecedented levels. Over 40 million people are currently displaced by conflict inside their own countries, a number that represents 62 per cent of the total number of displaced persons worldwide. In addition, disasters displace an average of 26 million people annually.