Protection Cluster Update Weekly Report, 10th February 2012
This update provides information on the protection environment in Somalia, including apparent violations of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law as reported during the last two weeks through the IASC Somalia Protection Cluster monitoring systems. Incidents mentioned in this report are not exhaustive. They are intended to highlight credible reports to inform and prompt programming and advocacy initiatives by the humanitarian community and national authorities.
The Transitional Federal Government (TFG) began the planned eviction operations of people, including a large number of protracted internally displaced persons (IDPs) in public buildings in Mogadishu The Population Movement Tracking (PMT) data indicates that during the reporting period over 2,500 IDPs were evicted from Hamar Wayne, Waberi and Shibis districts of the capital and arrived in Wadajir and Hodan districts. Through discussions with government officials, the humanitarian community expressed their concern with regards to eviction operations in the coming weeks, while emphasizing the importance of finding alternative accommodation for the IDPs.
Fighting between Al Shabaab forces and forces supporting the TFG continued in Lower Juba, Middle Shabelle and Banadir regions resulting in over 3,300 security related displacements. While the majority of people from Kismaayo, Baadhedee and Afmadow districts of Lower Juba region fled to the border town of Dhobley those displaced from Afgooye area of Lower Shabelle region arrived in various districts of Mogadishu to seek protection.