The number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP)s in Africa has increased. (Picture courtesy of AFP)

A new report says the number of Africans taking refuge within their countries because of conflict has doubled in a single year.

The report – by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and the Internal Displacement Monitoring Unit (IDMU) – found that nearly three million people were left homeless within their countries in 2017, bringing the total to nearly six-million.

It says the hardest hit country was the Democratic Republic of Congo, while South Sudan, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Somalia and the Central African Republic were also affected.

The report says many of them live in insecure areas, making it all the more difficult to provide them with essentials like food, water and medicine.

-BBC Africa