IOM Identifies Over 430,000 Internally Displaced in Somalia

Report
from International Organization for Migration
Published on 12 Jul 2016 View Original

Somalia - IOM has identified 430,062 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in seven districts in Somalia after piloting its Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) in the country from April to May 2016.

The DTM was rolled out across five regions (Lower Juba, Middle Shabelle, Hiraan, Awdal and Gedo) and seven districts (Afmadow, Balcad, Belet Weyne, Borama, Doolow, Jowhar and Kismayo), comparing data from IDPs and returnees in settlements against data from host communities.

The highest number of IDPs was found in Belet Weyne (132,204) and the fewest in Borama district (14,130). Kismayo district holds the largest number of IDP sites (79), while Borama holds the fewest (1).

Breakdown of Internally Displaced Persons in Somalia

District

Settlements (Village/Town) assessed

No of IDP Collective Sites

IDP in Collective Settlements

IDP within Host Communities

IDP Population Individuals Total

Afmadow

14

14

38,184

16,800

54,984

Balcad

20

18

16,380

10,902

27,282

Belet Weyne

15

43

81,882

50,322

132,204

Borama

5

1

3,900

10,230

14,130

Doolow

44

4

38,406

18,030

56,436

Jowhar

80

22

41,748

46,038

87,786

Kismaayo

2

79

54,978

2,262

57,240

Total 7 Districts

180

181

275478

154,584

430,062

DTM, which is currently operational in 27 countries, is a suite of tools and methodologies designed to track and analyse human mobility in different displacement contexts, in a continuous manner.

Using DTM, IOM Somalia, in close partnership with the Federal Government of Somalia and other humanitarian partners, aims to improve information management in fluid displacement situations, thereby enhancing evidence-based and timely prioritization in the delivery of humanitarian aid.

This will in turn strengthen the coordinated efforts of all humanitarian actors, as well as helping the government to establish a comprehensive system to collect and disseminate data on IDPs by strengthening the capacity of the Somali Disaster Management Agency.

“With protracted conflicts, recurring floods and drought, as well as ongoing eviction in urban areas, humanitarian agencies have always believed that the number of IDPs living in the seven districts that we profiled was much lower than the number we have found,” said Omar Khayre, IOM Somalia’s DTM focal point.

IOM Somalia’s DTM project is funded by EU Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) and the Government of Japan.

Read the DTM Overview here.

For further information please contact Omar Khayre at IOM Somalia, Tel: +254-721521300, Email: okhayre@iom.int

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