UN: UN releases US$7 million to strengthen protection of IDPs in Somalia

New York, US (PANA) - To strengthen protection services to internally displaced people in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, the UN Humanitarian Fund for Somalia has released US$7 million to scale up life-saving and life sustaining assistance.

According to a statement made available to PANA in New York on Friday, the new funding will provide support for education, food security, health, nutrition, protection, shelter, and water and sanitation activities in Daynille and Kaxda districts near Mogadishu.

It said the two settlements host the majority of the more than 120,000 displaced people.

"The internally displaced in Somalia face enormous challenges, and timely and focused humanitarian support is essential to address their urgent needs. Many displaced people who will benefit from this allocation were evicted from settlements in the city centre, where they originally sought refuge," said UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia Peter de Clercq.

Living conditions in the settlements have been described by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) as "deplorable and with services limited or non-existent", while human rights violations are rife.

The humanitarian coordinator said the assistance was the second allocation to internally displaced people in Somalia this year. The first allocation of US$7 million was released in July for IDPs in Baidoa and Kismayo.

"Humanitarian actors remain committed to alleviate the suffering of displaced people, support livelihoods and catalyse durable solutions linked to development efforts aimed at breaking the cycle of protracted displacement in Somalia," he added.

According to the UN, clan conflicts, military operations in southern and central Somalia, natural disasters and forced evictions were the main drivers of displacements across Somalia.

Mogadishu currently hosts some 400,000 internally displaced Somalis in over 400 settlements; and more than 36 per cent of the estimated 1.1 million people remain in protracted displacement across the eastern African country.

Contributors to the UN Humanitarian Fund for Somalia in 2016 included Australia, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
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