The operational environment in Somalia remained fluid and complex throughout October. In addition to the prolonged conflict and insecurity, the triple threat of Covid-19, seasonal floods and desert locusts added further to the already-precarious humanitarian situation. UNHCR and partners continued to provide critical protection and assistance to refugees, asylumseekers, refugee returnees and IDPs across the country, including healthcare, shelter and livelihoods support.
The operational environment in Somalia remained fluid and complex, with multiple drivers of internal displacement, including conflict and insecurity, natural disasters such as drought and floods, as well as desert locusts. In addition, the continued outbreak of Covid-19 and associated measures further challenged the work of UNHCR and partners across the country. In this context, UNHCR and partners continued to deliver assistance, including material support to those affected by the floods, hygiene and dignity kits to strengthen Covid-19 prevention, as well as protection interventions such as registration and legal assistance to refugees and asylum-seekers. UNHCR continued to lead and colead the Protection, Shelter and Camp Coordination and Camp Management Clusters, providing protection and assistance to IDPs across the country. Assistance provided during the reporting period is detailed below.