Almost 8 million Somalis will need humanitarian aid in 2022

The United Nations warned this Sunday that nearly eight million Somalis will be forced to seek humanitarian aid over the next year to survive amid nearly permanent armed conflict and climate change, factors contributing to the displacement of more than 400,000 People in the country since January this year.

These are the conclusions of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs for Somalia in its forecasts, presented on Sunday, of the political crisis the African country finds itself in – where the elections have been postponed due to disputes between government and opposition and states – and the associated violence.

Almost 8 million Somalis will need humanitarian aid in 2022
Almost 8 million Somalis will need humanitarian aid in 2022

“Conflict and insecurity have increased in southern and central Somalia, fueling cycles of displacement, livelihood disruptions and limited access to trade and humanitarian aid,” said the organization.

Likewise, OCHA points out that between floods and droughts, “Somalia remains at the forefront of climate change”, also a driver of violence due to the decline in resources and the associated struggles between communities.

All of this has resulted in a total of 7.7 million Somali women, men and children in need of humanitarian assistance in a country of 2.9 million internally displaced persons by 2022, most of whom (2.2 million) are in dire need of humanitarian assistance.

According to forecasts by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the total number of refugees and asylum seekers will be 30,800 in 2022.

The number of returnees will rise to 132,117 and although they will return to a “cheap” shelter compared to the countries they are fleeing or returning from, they will also become humanitarian in a country where 71% of Somalis live Need help below the poverty line.

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