Q&A: Gerard Waite on managing Somalia's displacement crisis

Gerard Waite, Somalia chief of mission at the International Organization for Migration. Photo by: ©IOM Somalia 2016

The humanitarian sector in Somalia is struggling to keep pace with an escalating food security crisis. Civilians fleeing famine-like conditions, including from areas controlled by militant group Al-Shabaab, face poor living conditions, disease outbreaks and uncertainty about their ability to return home.

About 2 million people are now internally displaced within Somalia, including those who fled before and after the current drought, according to the International Organization for Migration’s Somalia Chief of Mission Gerard Waite.

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    Sara Jerving

    Sara Jerving is Devex's East Africa Correspondent based in Nairobi. She is a reporter and producer, whose work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Vice News, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Nation magazine, among others. Sara holds a master's degree in business and economic reporting from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where she was a Lorana Sullivan fellow.