Somalia: Forced evictions add to the IDP crisis in Mogadishu
|Publisher||Norwegian Refugee Council/Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (NRC/IDMC)|
|Publication Date||8 March 2012|
|Cite as||Norwegian Refugee Council/Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (NRC/IDMC), Somalia: Forced evictions add to the IDP crisis in Mogadishu, 8 March 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4f59fd812.html [accessed 19 April 2014]|
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A renewed offensive against insurgents groups, by Somali government forces and troops of the African Union, Ethiopia and Kenya, has sparked large-scale displacement from the "Afgoye corridor" and other areas to the capital Mogadishu.
The head of the National Disaster Management Agency told IRIN that between 60,000 and 66,000 people had arrived in Mogadishu since mid February. Civil society activists fear that the number of people fleeing to Mogadishu will increase as military pressure on Al-Shabaab mounts in southern Somalia.
IDPs in some parts of Mogadishu are further facing forced evictions from government-owned buildings. According to the Protection Cluster update (10 February), the government plans to evict some 2,500 IDPs, many of whom had been displaced from the Hamar Wayne, Waberi and Shibis districts of the capital. Humanitarian agencies have raised concerns over the eviction procedures and are calling on the government to find alternative accommodation for IDPs.
Meanwhile, on 22 February, the UN Security Council demanded in Resolution 2036 that all parties to Somalia's conflict take appropriate steps to ensure the security of humanitarian personnel, so as to enable the timely delivery of assistance to people in need across the country.