UNITED NATIONS New
York (Xinhua) -- The UN emergency fund
has released seven million U.S. dollars in a bid to strengthen
protection services to internally displaced people in the Somali
capital, Mogadishu, UN officials said here Friday.
resources are from the Somalia Humanitarian Fund to scale up
life-saving and life sustaining assistance in the Horn of Africa
country, the officials said.
The new funding will provide support for education, food
security, health, nutrition, protection, shelter, and water and
sanitation activities in the Daynille and Kaxda districts near
Mogadishu, they said, quoting a press release issued here
These two settlements host the majority of the more than
120,000 displaced people, the press release said.
"The internally displaced in Somalia face enormous
challenges, and timely and focused humanitarian support is
essential to address their urgent needs.
"Many displaced people who will benefit from this allocation
were evicted from settlements in the city centre, where they
originally sought refuge," said the UN humanitarian coordinator
for Somalia, Peter de Clercq.
The living conditions in these settlements have been
described by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian
Affairs (OCHA) as deplorable; services are limited or
non-existent and human rights violations are rife.
This is the second allocation to assist internally displaced
people in Somalia this year.
The first allocation of 7 million U.S. dollars was released
earlier in July for internally displaced people in Baidoa and
Kismayo, de Clercq said.
"Humanitarian actors remain committed to alleviate the
suffering of displaced people, support livelihoods and catalyse
durable solutions linked to development efforts aimed at
breaking the cycle of protracted displacement in Somalia," he
The statement of the humanitarian coordinator pointed to clan
conflicts, military operations in southern and central Somalia,
natural disasters and forced evictions as main drivers causing
displacements across Somalia.
Currently, Mogadishu hosts some 400,000 internally displaced
Somalis in more than 400 settlements; more than 36 percent of
the estimated 1.1 million people who remain in protracted
displacement across the eastern African country.
The emergency aid comes from the OCHA-managed Somalia
Humanitarian Fund. Contributors to the Fund in 2016 included
Australia, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden,
Switzerland and the United Kingdom, the officials added.