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UNHCR Somalia: Operational Update (1-31 January 2020)


Around 5.2 million persons, including 1.7 million IDPs, will require at least one form of humanitarian assistance in 2020 according to the Humanitarian Country Team.

In January, 35,000 persons have been newly displaced, including 6,000 persons which have fled due to destroyed harvest by desert locusts in Bay region.

Food insecurity is expected to deteriorate due to the desert locusts.
In the worst case scenario, 3.2 million persons will face food insecurity from March to June 2020, reported FAO.


The UN Human Rights Committee in the case Teitiota v New Zealand determined that people who flee the effects of climate change and natural disasters should not be returned to their country of origin if essential human rights would be at risk on return. Last year, 770,000 persons were displaced internally as a result of conflict and climate change (floods and droughts) in Somalia, while around one million Somalis remained in exile. The decision reiterates that persons fleeing adverse effects of climate change and disasters may have valid claims for refugee status under the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and/or regional refugee frameworks.


Abshira Jama (46) was one amongst thousands who lost their livelihood as a result of the severe and prolonged drought in 2017 that displaced almost one million persons. She had no other solution than to leave everything behind and search for a place where her ten children could be safe. After four weeks of searching for shelter, Abshira decided to join one of the settlements in Gaalkacyo. She used old clothes, cartons and branches to make a makeshift dwelling for herself and her children.