FSNAU/FEWSNET announced the end of famine conditions in Southern Somalia on 3 February 2012, with 2.34 million people still in crisis. However, approximately 2.51 million people (33%of the population) are predicted to be in crisis in Somalia between February and June 2012, (FSNAU Technical Report, 2 March 2012).
The southern regions are hardest hit, hosting 70% (1.7 million) of people in crisis. The most critical needs are food, clean water, and shelter.
Acute malnutrition levels remain higher than 20% in many areas, and particularly in Lower Juba and Bakool.
An estimated 325,000 acutely malnourished children are in need of specialized nutritional treatment services; 70% of whom are in the South.
The London Conference on Somalia took place on 23 February and was used as an opportunity to focus additional attention at the highest level on stabilizing Somalia.
Ethiopian Defence Forces (EDF) launched an attack on Baidoa in an effort to force out Al Shabaab, displacing about 7,500 people (Baidoa Flash Report, UNHCR, 5/3/12).
An upsurge in fighting between TFG/AMISOM forces and Al Shabaab erupted on the outskirts of Mogadishu (near the Afgooye corridor) in mid-February.
Approximately 37,000 IDPs arrived in various districts of Mogadishu in February, with the majority (22,000) arriving from Afgooye (UNHCR. Population Movement Tracking Monthly Report, February 2012).
The various clusters have prepositioned supplies in anticipation that an increase in conflict will cause increased displacement into Mogadishu.
The eviction of people illegally occupying government buildings in Mogadishu was carried out in February increasing pressure on communities and settlements. Approximately 7,500 IDPs were evicted in February (Protection Cluster Update, 24 February 2012).
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