Report: 320,000 Somalis fled conflict in 2018

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A new report from the Norwegian Refugee Council reveals that 320,000 people in Somalia fled their homes to escape conflict in 2018.

The figure means there was a 30 percent increase in the number of people fleeing violence from the previous year. In 2017, 202,000 people were displaced due to violence and the Norwegian Refugee Council says 2.6 million Somalis are now internally displaced within the country.

Number of Somalis escaping violence increases

“We’re alarmed at the sharp increase in the number of civilians forced to flee their homes in Somalia. The conflict is getting worse for civilians, making thousands more homeless. If this worrying trend continues, it could lead to catastrophe,” Evelyn Aero, Regional Adviser for the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is quoted as saying in an announcement by the organisation.

“These families take refuge in crowded camps for displaced people in Somalia, living in flimsy shelters. They’re vulnerable to malaria, evictions, insecurity and gender-based violence. Young children are especially vulnerable to malnutrition and disease. They urgently need more aid to survive.”

Areas in the Lower Shabelle region continue to be the worst-affected by ongoing violence in Somalia. NRC is calling upon donors and the international community to multiply efforts to support Somalia and the millions of people in need of aid.

Featured image: NRC

About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.