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Sudan: Internally Displaced Persons

Volume 458: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent estimate he has made of the number of internally displaced persons in Sudan. (122945)

In total, there are approximately four million people displaced in Sudan. Of these, over two million are in Darfur and a further two million who remain displaced as a result of the previous North-South conflict. Around 500,000 of these are expected to return to South Sudan and the Three Areas (former front-line areas) in 2007. They will join an estimated one million people who have already returned to the South since January 2004. There are also around 70,000 people displaced in the East as a result of the now-ended conflict there.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent estimate his Department has made of the numbers of internally-displaced people in Darfur. (127150)

The UN estimates that there are currently over two million people displaced in Darfur. However, the exact number of displaced people is difficult to ascertain as many parts of Darfur are highly insecure and inaccessible. This is further compounded as some displaced people have been forced to move for a second or even a third time.