MOGADISHU, Somalia –U.N. refugee agency says over 1,000 Somalis have returned home after fleeing from Yemen conflicts since the start of 2019.
On Tuesday, 140 Somali migrants returned home as part of “Assisted Spontaneous Return (ASR)” program, according to UNHCR.
This comes as more than a quarter of a million people have been displaced between January and July this year largely due to drought and conflict.
According to the UNHCR/NRC-led Protection Return and Monitoring Network (PRMN), more than 100,000 people were newly displaced by drought in 2019. This is 50 per cent lower than recorded for the same period in 2018.
However, an increase was reported in July with an estimated 28,000 people newly displaced – a 57 per cent increase compared to June.
Armed conflict and insecurity have also uprooted an estimated 126,000 people from their homes as of July, according to PRMN.
Conflict-induced displacement in 2019 has remained below levels observed during the same period in 2018 when 208,000 people were displaced.
Most of the conflict-related displacement occurred in Lower Shabelle where armed operations by Somali security forces backed by international partners against the Al-Shabaab group resumed in April 2019.
Evictions, sometimes forced with little or no warning, also continued to rise with an estimated 134,000 displaced person affected in the first half of the year.
Of these, some 108,000 people were evicted in Mogadishu alone. Humanitarian partners continue to provide life-saving, livelihood support and to advocate for durable solutions for internally displaced persons.
In July, the shelter cluster assisted nearly 33,000 persons with standard household kits comprising of plastic sheets, blankets, jerry cans, sleeping mats and kitchen sets.
Emergency and transitional shelter kits were also provided to newly displaced persons.
Efforts to mitigate or prevent forced evictions continue.
The Banadir Regional Administration has also adopted an eviction guideline that reinforce human rights standards and other legal or policy provisions.
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