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One in six people internally displaced in Ukraine

One in six people internally displaced in Ukraine

More than 600,000 additional people were internally displaced in Ukraine in the first 17 days of April 2022, according to the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) latest report released today, pushing the total number of internally displaced since the beginning of the war to over 7.7 million, 17 percent of the country’s population.

These displacements represent an increase of 9 percent since the second assessment dated April 1, 2022, and 19 percent since the first survey was published on March 16, 2022.

The new assessment conducted between April 11, 2022, and April 17, 2022, reveals that women represent at least 60 percent of those displaced. More than half of internally displaced persons — mainly in the east of Ukraine — reported a lack of some food products; 28 percent of families with children under the age of five said they had experienced problems getting enough food for their children since the start of the war compared to 25 percent in the report on April 1, 2022.

The most pressing needs identified included cash and access to financial support, followed by medicines and medical supplies. “Women and children, the elderly, and people with disabilities have been disproportionately affected as they all represent a highly vulnerable group of people,” said IOM Director General António Vitorino.

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