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Twenty Years of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement


This issue of FMR will be available online and in print in English, Arabic, Spanish and French.

Also available: FMR 59 digest for easy online access to all the articles published in FMR 59. This provides for each article: the title, the author(s) and their affiliation, the introductory sentences and links to the full article online. The digest will be available online and in print in English, Arabic and Spanish (but not in French this time).

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We are grateful to the following for their financial support for this issue: the Government of the Principality of Liechtenstein, ICRC, IDMC, IOM, Open Society Foundations, the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, UNHCR (Division of International Protection, Global Protection Cluster and IDP Section) and UNOCHA.

FMR 59 cover photo [UNHCR/Rahima Gambo]
A young IDP walks through farmlands donated by Zannah Buka Mustapha to support more than 800 internally displaced families in Nigeria. Mr Mustapha founded the Future Prowess Islamic Foundation in 2007 in Maiduguri – the heart of the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria. His school caters for orphans and IDP children and is based on principles of peaceful coexistence and gender equity. What started as a single classroom for 36 children now hosts hundreds of students, with more than 2,000 others awaiting a place. Mr Mustapha also mediates between the Nigerian state and Boko Haram, including in the negotiations which resulted in the release of 103 of the kidnapped Chibok girls. His school has also enrolled children and orphans of Boko Haram fighters. Zannah Buka Mustapha was the 2017 Nansen Refugee Award winner.

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