Somali IDPs Face Food Shortage as Aid Groups Withdraw

The situation of internally displaced people in Somalia is reaching its worst as more aid organizations pull out of refugee camps, IRIN reports. The withdrawal of aid groups comes even as more people are fleeing the capital city of Mogadishu to escape the fighting and violence there.

“[Relief] aid is at its lowest and the need is even greater than at any time,” Hawa Abdi, a local doctor who opened an IDP camp in his private property, said to IRIN.

Abdi explained that there is widespread food insecurity in the camps because people cannot go back to their jobs in Mogadishu. Support from aid agencies is also lacking because international groups are leaving the country without empowering and training local aid groups, the doctor added.

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