Escalating Crisis in Somalia: 1 Million Displaced by Drought, Floods, and Conflict

Somalia faces grave environmental and conflict-related issues currently. A historic drought in 2023, extensive flooding in 2024, and rising conflict with Al-Shabab have forced over a million people to flee.

In a makeshift camp near Beledweyne, Samira struggles to care for her newborn daughter amidst the chaos caused by drought and conflict. The ongoing strife between the government and Al-Shabab has left many like Samira without basic necessities.

The region is facing its worst drought in six decades, reminiscent of the devastating drought and famine of 2011-2012 which claimed 250,000 lives. While a famine has been prevented this year with international aid, the situation remains dire with severe food shortages.

To make matters worse, catastrophic flooding has displaced almost all residents of Beledweyne. The floods have destroyed infrastructure, making aid delivery difficult.

Kadir Hassan, a Food Security and Livelihood (FSL) specialist for Islamic Relief Somalia, states that vulnerable individuals are being forced to abandon everything due to the crisis.

The humanitarian needs in Somalia are increasing, with millions lacking access to essentials like food and water. Drought alone caused thousands of deaths in 2022, and projections suggest that the death toll could rise in 2024.

Currently, 3.9 million Somalis are internally displaced, with another 700,000 seeking refuge abroad since 2023. Samira notes that people are continuously leaving her village due to rising insecurity and limited resources.

Samira is eager to find work and reunite her family, but the outlook is grim given their financial situation. Most Somalis live on less than $2 a day.

Ifrah, from Lower Shabelle, recounts the severity of the recent drought, stating it surpassed previous crises. Water scarcity has also led to diseases among livestock, impacting the community’s sustenance and economic stability.

Ifrah, a recent widow, highlights the urgent need for assistance within the community. They lack resources to build shelters or access basic necessities, stressing the importance of immediate aid.

There is a dire need for funding to support relief efforts in Somalia and other drought-affected regions in the Horn of Africa. Islamic Relief has assisted tens of thousands but requires more funds to expand their efforts amid the crisis.

Islamic Relief urgently appeals for increased humanitarian aid to save lives. The international community must also help local communities cope with the lasting impacts of drought and enhance their resilience against climate change challenges.

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