n Africa Conflict Monthly Monitor - Africa's internal diaspora - : Africa-wide - continental overview

Volume 2013, Issue 07
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The phrase 'internally displaced persons' is usually applied to people rendered homeless by conflicts or natural disasters that have forced them to flee from their former lives and seek survival elsewhere. Such persons might be forcefully removed from their homes as part of an oppressive government's ethnic cleansing policies, or at gunpoint when forces at conflict choose to rid an area of its human occupants for strategic reasons. Sometimes, the definition of such persons is stretched to accommodate economic situations, such as when company towns are shuttered, forcing former employees to scatter; or an area suffers acute economic depression or depletion of resources that were once the location's reason for being. A mining community could become a ghost town, for instance, if the mine's minerals are exhausted.

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