50,000 Somalians displaced since January, NGO says

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A quarter of a million Somalians have been forced to flee their homes so far this year because of drought, conflict and insecurity, according to a report released by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) on Tuesday.

“Thousands of Somali people are caught in a vicious cycle,” said Victor Moses, country director for the NRC in Somalia, adding that the strain is “pushing families over the edge”.

The United Nations has requested 1.08 billion dollars in aid for the east African country in 2019, making it one of the largest crises in the world, the report said.

“Somalia’s crisis is a perfect storm of natural and human-made factors and is rapidly worsening,” Moses said.

Some people are being forced by drought to flee to overcrowded camps in cities in order to find sustenance, while others are being displaced by conflict, the report said.

Somali security forces, backed by international partners, are fighting the Islamist Al-Shabaab group which regularly launches attacks on government buildings, hotels and restaurants in the volatile nation in the Horn of Africa.

Along with the NCR, the Save the Children organization has also called for a significant increase in funds for life-saving measures in Somalia.

According to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), over 870,000 Somali refugees are in the Horn of Africa and Yemen, while an estimated 2.1 million men, women and children are displaced within Somalia itself.

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