In record breaking annual figures in a decade, 55 million people in 59 countries were internally displaced by conflicts and disasters in 2020.
48 million displacements were as a result of conflict and violence, and 7 million as a result of disasters.
More than 23 million people under the age of 18 worldwide were hit hard by the displacement with significant impacts on their education.
The global cost of displacement in one year was $20.5 billion.
A total of thirteen million, five hundred and forty-one thousand people were displaced by conflicts and disasters in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East and North Africa.
2.1 million people were displaced for conflict and 341,000 for disasters in the Middle East and North Africa.
In Sub-Saharan Africa, 6.8 million people were displaced for conflict and 4.3million for disasters.
The emergence of new armed groups and escalating violence aggravated the displacements.
In its annual report, the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre said that the rise can be attributed in part to conflicts in Ethiopia and Mozambique and warned that climate change is likely to still drive displacement higher.
The unusually long rains and intense rainy seasons in the Sub-Saharan Region caused flooding in areas already affected by violence, prompting new and secondary displacements, the report added.
It further stated that only sustained political will, aimed at resolving conflict, and addressing climate change, can bring the rising numbers of displacements down on the African continent.