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17 May 2013 description

Political and Security South-central:

On 6 May, Al Shabab fighters ambushed the Raskambooni police base in Dobley town.
The armed clashes lasted more than half an hour and one Raskambooni soldier died during the attack and three others were seriously injured. Two days later, the militants launched another hit and run attack against the Somali government forces manning a checkpoint at Shaqalaha neighborhood on the exit road to Afmadow west of Kismayo.

No casualties were reported. Tension remains high in Dobley and its surrounding areas.

05 May 2013 description

Political and Security

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.

01 Mar 2013 description

UNHCR Operation highlights

Somalia is the country generating the third highest number of refugees in the world, after Afghanistan and Iraq.

Somali people are facing one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world today. One in three Somalis is in urgent need of humanitarian assistance and one in every three children living in the South-Central region is malnourished.

UNHCR leads protection and emergency relief interventions targeting 700,000 IDPs out of a total IDP population estimated between 1.1 and 1.36 million and over 2,300 refugees in Somalia.

09 Nov 2012 description


  • Coordinated strategy addressing needs of the displaced in Mogadishu.

  • 135,000 at risk of polio outbreak in Kismayo.

  • Cholera outbreaks expected during current rainy season.

17 Jul 2012 description

Puntland is situated in the north east of Somalia, its administrative capital is Garowe. In the past, conflict, drought, tsunami, freezing rains and migration of people paralyzed most of the region's infrastructure and economic resources. While the security situation is fairly stable, Puntland remains critical; financial resources are limited, food security is a major concern and the vulnerable population is growing.

18 Oct 2007 description
report UN Children's Fund


- Violent attacks in Mogadishu, Somalia, have caused over 402,000 people to flee their homes since March. Tensions are high in the Great Lakes region with new refugee movements taking place into neighbouring countries. In Western Kenya, 67,000 people remain internally displaced following the Mt.