Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, has long been home to hundreds of thousands of displaced people who, over the past three decades of protracted conflict and recurrent drought, have fled here seeking assistance. Many fled here five years ago during the country’s last major drought that became a famine and resulted in 250,000 deaths, most of them children. Somalia is now again in the throes of another drought that by many accounts is worse than the last. Thankfully, greater government control and a prompt humanitarian response by the government and aid agencies have saved lives, but the scale of displacement is enormous. More than 760,000 Somalis have been displaced across the country since November 2016, 160,000 of them to Mogadishu. Here they are struggling to access assistance and protection in a dangerous and volatile environment.
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