Plight of displaced people deplored

16/11/09

Relief aid is often centred on camps swiftly set up by aid agencies or local authorities, while those who found shelter with relatives or local communities are dispersed and may not be noticed or reached by aid agencies.The majority of the world’s 26 million displaced people were often neglected because they found refuge with local communities instead of in camps, the International Committee of the Red Cross has said. In a report on the plight of the displaced, the ICRC estimates that only 15 per cent of internally displaced people – who have fled their homes due to wars or crises but never leave their home country – are currently in camps. “The focus on camps means that what happens to the majority of displaced people – those who seek refuge with host communities – is often ignored,” Jakob Kellenberger, the president of the Geneva-based agency, said on Thursday.

See: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2009/11/2009111251649466220.html