Somali Displaced Rely On the Kindness of Others During Ramadan

There are more than two million internally displaced persons (IDPs) spread across Somalia, many of whom depend on humanitarian assistance, according to the U.N. Mogadishu is home to more than half a million IDPs living in crowded camps with poor sanitation, where Covid-19 can spread rapidly. People in this camp were forced to leave their homes in Lego village, Lower Shabelle region, due to clan-related conflict. Their homes were razed, livestock stolen by militia from rival clans and they have sought shelter in the camp located in the outskirts of Mogadishu. In addition to the conflict, recurrent drought, floods and locust invasions have contributed to an increase in the number of IDPs.

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A drought-affected Somali woman and her daughter fetch water from in the Dollow District of South Central Somalia (file photo).

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