“With 1.5 million people — just under 10 percent of its population — forced from their homes by fighting, aid relief inside the country remains critical,” the Geneva-headquartered alliance said in an August 6 news release. It noted that at least another 600,000 Somalis are refugees, living mainly in Kenya, Yemen, and Ethiopia.
The statement came in advance of plans by ACT members in Somalia to issue a fresh appeal to provide basic services to displaced people in the country
and to refugees in neighboring nations.
After Afghanistan and Iraq, Somalia generates the highest number of refugees. Somalis are fleeing conflict, economic collapse and drought, according to the UNHCR, the United Nations’ refugee agency.
— Stephen Brown