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Published on December 4th, 2017 | by Georgia Archonti

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IOM, African Development Bank Support Drought-Affected in Somalia

 IOM, the UN Migration Agency, is partnering with the Government of Somalia and the African Development Bank (AfDB) to provide emergency humanitarian relief assistance in the form of food and water to an estimated 25,800 drought-affected people in the south-western state of Baidoa and the Jubaland state of Dollow. Internally displaced people will be among the beneficiaries.

Somalia’s Gu (April–June) rainy season was significantly below average, creating severe drought across all regions. Baidoa town, which is one of the most affected areas currently holds the highest numbers of internally displaced people (IDPs) in Somalia. According to IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix, over 243,000 people migrated to the area between November 2016 and September 2017.

The influx to Baidoa and Dollow occasioned by the drought have severely strained available basic services increasing the demand for emergency life-saving assistance. The living conditions in the IDP settlements and host communities remain dire.

“Drought and conflict in the South West State has resulted in a high influx of displaced families in Baidoa town. This project has come at a time when the community is in critical need of support,” said Mohamed Hassan Faqi, Somalia’s Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation.

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