12 December 2018

Somalia: Govt Battles Overcrowding in Capital City

Mogadishu — MOGADISHU, the Somali capital, is now the most overcrowded city in Africa after conflict and natural disasters cause massive displacement to the area.

The capital city is home to about 600 000 displaced people, most of whom live in informal camps, according to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre.

Mogadishu is now the second most densely populated city in the world after Dhaka in Bangladesh.

Evelyn Aero, Regional Adviser for the humanitarian organisation, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), said Somali families were fleeing to Mogadishu seeking shelter, protection and aid but with nowhere else to go, they crowded into camps that were unhealthy and unsafe.

"This influx has made Mogadishu the most densely populated city in Africa, with more people arriving everyday," Aero said.

Some 2,6 million people are displaced within Somalia. Between 2017 and mid-2018, 32 percent of new displacements were recorded in Mogadishu.

With resources overstretched, its cities are unable to cope with the demands of their fast-growing populations and the added arrivals of people fleeing crises in rural areas.

It is feared about 1,2 million Somali children will be malnourished amid the lack of enough food, shelter, clean water and sanitation.


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