What is the total number of people internally displaced in Ukraine? In the latest International Organization for Migration‘s report, one in six people are internally displaced in Ukraine.
With more than 6,00,000 additional people internally displaced in the first 17 days of April, the total number of internally displaced since the beginning of the war has reached over 7.7 million. This comes to 17 per cent of the country’s population.
However, 15 per cent plan to return to their homes in the next two weeks, heading mostly to Kyiv and the north of the country, while eight per cent of the general population report having had their homes damaged by attacks.
The new assessment by the IOM conducted between 11 April and 17 reveals that women represent at least 60 per cent of those displaced. More than half of internally displaced persons – mainly in the east of Ukraine – reported a lack of food products. Twenty eight per cent of families with children under the age of five say they experience problems getting enough food for their children since the start of the war. The most pressing needs identified included cash and access to financial support, followed by medicines and medical supplies.
IOM Director General António Vitorino said; “women and children, the elderly, and people with disabilities have been disproportionately affected as they all represent a highly vulnerable group of people.”
“Our work in support of those forced to flee their homes and all vulnerable populations affected by the war continues, but a humanitarian ceasefire is crucial to allow for aid delivery and access to hard-to-reach communities,” Vitorino said.