Forced migration and displacement in Africa: contexts, causes and consequences

By Kevin M. DeJesus The impetus for this special issue is the continuing need to identify, deconstruct, situate, analyze and re-situate the regional, national and internecine conflicts which drive the forced migration of citizens of the continent, and their impacts on the lived experiences of those Africans forced to flee their homes. The contributors to … Read more

A birds eye view of laws and policies regarding IDPs in Kenya.

By Eron-Reece K Apolot Internally displaced persons (IDPs) are persons or groups of persons who have been forced or obliged to flee or to leave their homes or places of habitual residence, in particular as a result of or in order to avoid the effects of armed conflict. The United Nations Office of High Commissioner … Read more

Flooding Displacement in Malawi: Policy, Practice, and Prevention

By Christopher Babcock. 2020 was a relatively merciful year for Malawi—2019 was not. Cyclone Idai, which ravaged southeastern Africa, left 110,000 displaced in Malawi alone, according to the IDMC. The torrent wreaked havoc on Malawi’s poorest living in the southern region, tearing off roofs, destroying mudbrick homes, and bursting dams (Relief Web, “Learning from Cyclone … Read more

BRIDGING SOCIAL DIVIDES, STRENGTHENING FAMILIES AND COMMUNITY TIES IN INTERNAL DISPLACEMENT

IDPs arrive in Munigi as Bosco Ntaganda fighters approach from Goma, the 1st of March 2013. © MONUSCO/Sylvain Liechti. MONUSCO/Sylvain Liechti

by Dr. Jane Wathuta & Anita Wambui The family is the fundamental unit of society and it entitled to the protection of the State.[1] Various human rights instruments therefore enunciate the right of the family to protection from arbitrary or unlawful interference.[2] Motherhood and childhood are further entitled to special care and assistance.[3] In the African … Read more