Somalia Situation Report April 2014

Situation Report
Originally published


In numbers: 664,495 people supported


  • The Military offensive is on a standstill. Newly liberated areas have not translated into newly accessible areas. Most towns are isolated with humanitarian assistance and commercial trucks unable to travel by roads that remain largely under militant control.

  • There was very little rainfall in April, which is the start of the Gu rainy season (April-June). This resulted in severe water shortages for human and animal consumption, especially in the northeastern parts of the country. A reduced and a delayed harvest is likely to occur at the height of the lean season, which risks pushing vulnerable people into a deeper crisis.

  • Political tension in the south-western city of Baidoa where clan representatives recently elected two different regional presidents each claiming to be the legitimate president for the either a six regions states vis-à-vis three region states might lead to increased insecurity.