Decades of conflict and violence, accompanied by severe droughts, floods and grasshopper plagues, have left more than 2.6 million internally displaced people in Somalia, most of whom live in makeshift settlements without access to basic services such as water and water, causing health problems, particularly the corona virus -Pandemic exposed.
“We cannot escape the virus anywhere and we have no way of controlling it,” said Halima, one of the displaced people in Somalia. “There is a shortage of water in the camp. Bottled water is expensive,” he explains to the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRW). “We used to buy it for about two dollars, now they sell it for three. We don’t have soap for washing or disinfecting, we have nothing,” he emphasizes, showing a situation that the vast majority of displaced people share.
NRC has conducted a study among displaced people in Somalia to analyze how coronavirus affects their lives and what they are most concerned about. 92 percent said that school closures affect them, while 67 percent point to inflation and 60 percent to work stoppages.
Regarding what prevents these communities from stopping the spread of Covid-19, 84.8 percent said overcrowding conditions, while 81.7 percent found the lack of hygiene facilities and items 73.1 percent said it said Treatment and testing services are lacking. 72 percent indicated a lack of information about the virus and 71.3 percent a lack of water to wash their hands.