- Poor countries 4 times as likely to have conflict than rich ones
- There were 8.4 million refugees in 2005, which is 6 million less than in 1996. The great majority of them were hosted in poor countries, rather than rich countries
- There are currently 25 million internally displaced people, 110,000 of which were newly displaced by violence in the first half of 2006.
- An additional 20 million people are affected by conflict to teh extent that it disrupts their daily lives.
- On average, a person displaced in 2004 first fled conflict in 1990
- Conflicts fell by 40% between 1992 and 2004, but around 30 still remain, many of them even after a formal 'peace' deal has been agreed. The great majority of them are in poor countries
Spotlight on Cluster Bombs
- When dropped, cluster bombs scatter hundreds of bomblets over an area the size of two or three football pitches. They kill and injure civilians during attacks and continue to take life, limbs and land from them long after conflict has ended.
- A total of 34 states are known to have produced over 210 different types cluster munitions.
- Billions of submunitions are stockpiled by some 75 countries.
- At least 14 countries have used cluster munitions: Eritrea, Ethiopia, France, Israel, Morocco, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Russia (USSR), Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tajikistan, UK, US, and FR Yugoslavia. A small number of non-state armed groups have used the weapon (such as Hezbollah in Lebanon in 2006).
- At least 24 countries have been affected by the use of cluster munitions including Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Chad, Croatia, DR Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Israel, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Montenegro, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Uganda, and Vietnam.