Paris: A top international aid organization said on Friday that although the United Nations called for a global ceasefire during the coronavirus pandemic, more than 660,000 people have been displaced globally since March.
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said its data showed that during the pandemic, global armed conflicts continued, even if most of the world was in a blockade state.
Although UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called for a global pandemic ceasefire on March 23.
The NRC stated that since then, 661,000 people have been displaced in 19 countries / regions, of which the Democratic Republic of Congo has the largest number of displaced persons to date.
NRC Secretary General Jan Egeland said: “When health experts told us to stay at home, men with guns are forcing thousands of people to flee their homes and fall into extremely vulnerable situations.
“This not only hurt those who were forced to flee, but also severely damaged our efforts to fight the virus together.”
The NRC accused the UN Security Council of failing to play a leading role to encourage peace talks.
Egeland said: “While being displaced and killed, powerful members of the UN Security Council are arguing in the sandbox like children.”
He called on leaders of all countries in the world to “stand up” and jointly promote the parties to lay down their arms and unite to protect all communities from COVID-19.
He added: “This is not the time for kindergarten politics.”
The NRC stated that it is calling on members of the UN Security Council to issue a “clear appeal”, calling on the warring parties to cease hostilities and “negotiating to resolve the conflict and systematically respond to the epidemic.”
The report said that in the Democratic Republic of the Congo alone, conflicts between armed groups and the country ’s army forced 482,000 people to flee their homes.
At the same time, despite Yemen ’s Saudi authorities ’commitment to implement a ceasefire, the fighting in Yemen continues, causing the displacement of 24,000 people since March 23.
The NRC said that Lake Chad region in Africa also experienced large-scale displacement, with Chad and Niger being the most affected.
The organization added that Afghanistan, the Central African Republic, Syria, Somalia and Myanmar all had more than 10,000 people displaced during the same period.