• Post-gu assessment indicates improved food security conditions across Somalia
• Armed groups attack civilians, recruit children, and restrict relief operations
• Forced evictions impact approximately 204,000 people in 2018
• In early September, the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) and Somalia Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) released assessment findings following the April-to-June gu rainy season, which estimate that 1.5 million people will likely face Crisis—IPC 3—or worse levels of acute food insecurity through December. The food-insecure population represents a significant decrease since June, primarily due to above-average seasonal rains and sustained humanitarian assistance.
• Armed groups—including militant group al-Shabaab—continue to attack civilians, forcibly conscript children, and interfere with humanitarian operations in Somalia. Relief agencies are providing life-saving assistance to vulnerable populations, as security and access conditions allow.