Somalia Fact Sheet 1-31 July 2017

from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 31 Jul 2017 View Original
  • Humanitarian situation remains to be fragile; severe food consumption gaps, ongoing conflict, insecurity and loss of livelihood remain the main contributing factors.

  • Internal displacement continues to be a key driver of humanitarian and protection needs. Newly-displaced people faced heightened protection risks.

  • Until the beginning of the Deyr rain (October), severe drought is expected to deepen that may increase vulnerability of the persons of concern.

Working with Partners

■ As part of the UN integrated mission to Somalia, UNHCR maintains close collaboration with UN agencies, national and international NGOs.

■ UNHCR has strategic links with key Government Ministries/Departments at the federal and local level in a joint effort to provide assistance and durable solutions.

■ UNHCR spearheads productive partnerships with governmental counterparts and national and international NGOs, leading the Protection and Shelter/NFI Clusters and co-leading the Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) Cluster with IOM. It also implements the Protection and Return Monitoring Network (PRMN).

■ Likewise, UNHCR Somalia works closely with UNHCR offices in Kenya and Yemen towards the implementation of a regional approach for the attainment of durable solutions to the long-standing Somali refugee problem.

■ UNHCR is also an active member of the UNCT, HCT and the Drought Operations Coordination Centre (DOCC).

Main Activities

Drought response

Drought response: In July, UNHCR provided assistance to 67,095 individuals affected by drought; 53,150 individuals provided safe drinking water (25,950 in Lower Juba region; 23,910 in Togdheer region; 2,400 in Sanaag region and 890 in Sool region), 6,600 individuals benefited from core relief items, 600 HHs (3,600 individuals) received emergency shelter kits in Nugaal region and 500 Hhs (3,000 individuals) in Bari region, 950 HHs (5,700 individuals) reached through mosquito nets in Bay region, 1,645 individuals (1,177 in Bay region and 468 in Banadir region) reached with gender-based violence (GBV) interventions.

Drought displacements: From 1 to 31 July, the UNHCR-led PRMN recorded 65,000 people that have been displaced by drought bringing the total number of drought displaced persons since November 2016 to 860,000. The number of newly displaced by the drought has increased by 25 per cent compared to June (52,000). Baidoa remains to be the most affected with 25,000 new arrivals and 3,000 returns recorded primarily from IDP sites in Baidoa town to home locations within Baidoa district and elsewhere in Bay region compared to 14,000 in June.

Needs Assessments: UNHCR conducted a needs assessment in Togdheer, Sanaag and Sool region to identify needs of people affected by the drought. An estimated 500 households (HHs) returned to their previous areas of residence and are in need of water assistance and core relief items.

■ UNHCR conducted a need assessment in Awdal region (Zeylac district) to assess the living conditions of a community living on the border with Djibouti. Around 250 HHs reportedly crossed the border and joined IDP camps in Djibouti due to the food insecurity, depletion of water resources and protection concerns. Around 360 households are in immediate need of food and core relief items.