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The other side of wars that is mostly forgotten

Globally it is believed that there are more than 100 million people who have been displaced, one third of them through conflict and violence and the rest seen as internally displaced.

Refugees entering Poland from Ukraine at the Medyka border crossing point. © UNHCR/Chris Melzer

In all the international noise generated on the Ukrainian conflict completing six months or entering the seventh month, one facet of the brutal war that has almost been forgotten or not paid sufficient attention to is the plight of the people who have been forced out of their homes and displaced. It is estimated that more than 25 percent of the total population have left their homes; about 7 million finding temporary shelter in Europe and another 8 million or more displaced internally.

Critical infrastructure and residential areas were heavily damaged in the northeast region of Ukraine. Photo: NGO Source of Revival

The immediate neighbors of Ukraine are bearing the brunt of the problem with Poland alone hosting some 3 million Ukrainians, mostly women, children and elderly. The situation is said to be more stable but dire with perhaps a small slowing down of people entering the bordering areas. Recently there were reports of people heading back to Ukraine but subsequently it was clarified that this movement was at best temporary. Also media outlets were saying that Russia was moving Ukrainians into their occupied areas and forcibly giving them passports of the Russian Federation, something that has been denied by Moscow.

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