UNHCR Somalia Operational Highlights 29 April- 5 May 2013

Report
from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 05 May 2013

Political and Security

South-central:
Mogadishu has experienced a number of security incidents in recent days.

On 2 May, the Representative met with the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior and National Security to present UNHCR's concept of a Durable Solution Platform for IDPs. Further discussion and follow up is scheduled for the coming weeks.

Puntland:
Two explosions took place in Garsor village (North Galkayo) followed by heavy shooting on 3 May, where unknown perpetrators hurled two hand grenades at security forces post. One soldier was reported injured during the attack. Al Shabab militants are suspected to be behind the incident.

Somaliland:
The new UN Somalia Mission on Somaliland is set to begin operations in early June, based in Mogadishu. The government is yet to react to this decision, given the political history between Somaliland and Somalia. The Somaliland and Ethiopian governments had trade and relations meeting in Hargeisa to establish new agreements aimed at improving trade between the two countries. The president of Somaliland concluded the visit to the UK and US confirming the government’s withdrawal from the London conference on Somalia.

The office hosted two separate missions from JICA and Action Africa Help – International (AAH-I), in a bid to explore possibilities of extended support in the development of water, health and infrastructure sectors as well as assess the integrated approach of different sectors for refugee, asylum seekers, IDPs and host communities for future durable solutions, respectively.