"Despite a ceasefire, the numbers keep rising. Meanwhile, rapidly-falling temperatures are causing increasing hardship for the many IDPs who fled with few possessions, thousands of whom are currently housed in temporary facilities that are ill equipped for winter conditions.
"The Special Rapporteur called for the urgent adoption of an IDP law based on international human rights standards, as a vital element “to enable all actors to respond effectively to their needs with budgets in place.” He insisted that adoption of a draft law, scheduled for 14 October, must not be further delayed and that other normative measures should be taken in the interim period.
"Churches and civil groups have been stepping up to the plate to meet these needs as best they can in light of a government that can’t afford uniforms or helmets for its army. It’s a herculean effort, considering many of these churches and ministries have experienced severe losses of their own..."