Urbanization is now the dominant form of internal displacement in Somalia. A response must recognize Somalia’s urban future.
Almost 40 million people in Somalia, Ethiopia, and Kenya face an unprecedented food and nutrition emergency.
Somalia is in the throes of its worst famine since 2011, but there is still time to avoid past mistakes and prevent further deaths and suffering.
Kenya ordered the closure of the Dadaab and Kakuma camps. It also gave UNHCR two weeks to shut down two of the world’s largest refugee camps. These orders are reckless and cruel.
Somalia, which is already beset by a series of natural and manmade calamities, is now bracing itself for the worst amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The worst locust outbreak to hit East Africa in decades is affecting more than 1.2 million hectares of crops in a region where 20 million people already face food insecurity. The international community must respond immediately.
The Somalian government has made strides in developing policies and frameworks to protect the rights of internally displaced people. Now it must put these policies into practice.
In an open letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, and USAID Administrator Mark Green, 16 senior U.S. national security and humanitarian figures urged U.S. officials to reject a Kenyan proposal at the UN, saying it would cripple humanitarian aid.
On March 14, 2018, RI Senior Advocate Mark Yarnell testified before a Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee hearing on “Somalia’s Current Security and Stability Status.”
The UN World Food Programme (WFP) announced that it will cut food rations by 30 percent for the hundreds of thousands of Somalis in the Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps in northern Kenya. WFP said the decision is the result of funding shortfalls. However, many of the Somali refugees believe the reductions are the result of a Kenyan government move to close the Dadaab and push the Somali refugees toward “voluntary” repatriation to Somali