Media coverage of the crisis in Syria has often focused on refugees – and for good reason, as a huge number of people have left the country fleeing the war. But there is an even larger number of so-called Internally Displaced People within the country, who also need our help. I spoke in a Westminster Hall debate yesterday about Internally Displaced People, in Syria and elsewhere. Like refugees, many of them have also lost everything and are living in precarious situations. Internally displaced women and children may be particularly at risk. In some countries children cannot get the documents they need without the father.
One thing that is often overlooked is that Internally Displaced People will be critical for Syria’s reconstruction. Many are teachers, nurses, architects, builders and engineers. They need to be integrated into any peace process.
During the debate, I argued that there is a lot we can do to treat these people with the dignity they deserve.