Somalia is preparing for record levels of displacement this year as severe drought grips parts of the country, leaving tens of thousands of people without access to water and livelihood. In 2020, the main driver for displacement was flooding.
In 2019, Somalia saw the highest figures since 2016 with more than one million people displaced by floods, conflict, and drought. So far, 112 000 people have been displaced in the first three months of 2021, of whom 34 percent were due to drought.
“Once again Somalia is facing the prospect of serious drought. Water and pasture resources are depleting every day and resulting in people abandoning their homes with their livestock to search for better conditions,” said Mohamed Abdi, Country Director for the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in Somalia.