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More than 1 million people left their homes due to drought in Somalia

A devastating drought in Somalia has reached unprecedented levels, as the one millionth person displaced by the drought was registered this week.

More than 755,000 people have been internally displaced in Somalia because of the severe drought this year, bringing the total figure to 1 million people since January 2021 when the drought began, according to displacement figures released today by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).

“This one million milestone serves as a massive alarm bell for Somalia,” said Mohamed Abdi, NRC’s Country Director in Somalia. “Starvation is now haunting the entire country. We are seeing more and more families forced to leave everything behind because there is literally no water or food left in their villages. Aid funding urgently needs to be ramped up before it is too late.”

Somalia is witnessing a two-year historic dry spell — a situation not seen in more than 40 years — and an expected fifth failed rainy season is bound to displace many more families, as famine looms on the horizon.

 

Source: NRC, UNHCR

 

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