Violence and drought leave 250,000 displaced this year in Somalia


Around 250,000 people have been displaced from their homes so far this year as a result of the “deadly combination” of drought, conflict and insecurity in which Somalia lives immersed, as denounced by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC, for its acronym in English), which has warned that the figure will continue to increase if there is not enough help.

“Thousands of Somalis are trapped in a vicious circle of conflict, insecurity and drought that is taking families to the limit,” said the NRC director in Somalia, Victor Moses. “Some are forced to flee their homes due to the conflict while others are migrating to overcrowded fields in the cities to find food and water due to drought,” he added.

Violence and drought leave 250,000 displaced this year in Somalia
Violence and drought leave 250,000 displaced this year in Somalia

According to the Network for Observation and Protection for Return (PRMN), led by UNHCR and the NRC, some 248,000 Somalis have been displaced between January and August, of which 100,000 have had to leave their homes due to drought.

“Our livelihoods depend on livestock. The long drought has caused a lack of water and pastures and we had to move here,” said Norwegian NGO Roda Muse, who along with her children had to move to Sanaag to find Water and food to survive.

On the other hand, NRC has denounced that evictions, sometimes forced and without prior warning in some of the cases, have continued to increase. Thus, some 134,000 displaced people have been affected during the first half of the year, of which 108,000 were evicted from their shelters in Mogadishu alone.

The UN has requested just over $ 1 billion to address humanitarian needs in Somalia this year but, despite the growing emergency, so far only 47 percent of the funds have been received, the NGO lamented, He has urged donors and governments to increase their assistance since the “already disastrous situation could deteriorate further.”

“The crisis in Somalia is a perfect storm of natural and man-made bills and is rapidly getting worse,” Moses warned. “This bombardment of endless problems is not only an assault on the dignity of Somalis but a direct attack on their ability to survive,” he said.

Somalis “have the right to survival and dignity and it is up to all of us to guarantee it,” said the head of the NRC.

The Somali Government, with support from its allies and in particular from the African Union, has been trying for years to end the presence of the Islamist group Al Shabaab, linked to Al Qaeda, and which controls some areas of the country. In recent times, the Islamic State terrorist group has also made an appearance in Somalia.

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