Somalia

Inter-clan conflicts displace hundreds in Somalia - UN

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UNHCR documented in a report released on Monday the extensive damage to infrastructure and disruption of daily life for residents in these areas.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reports that escalating clan conflicts in Mudug, Somalia, have resulted in widespread displacement and casualties over the past four months.

UNHCR noted that the situation has recently intensified significantly due to fierce clashes. The clan conflicts erupted between two clans, the Sa'ad and Lelakase sub-clans.

According to the humanitarian agency, the confrontation began over the digging of a well in Jiicboor village, Galdogob district, which the other clan reportedly opposed.

The clashes have severely impacted all areas of the fighting and nearby locations, with the most affected including Xasasaale, Laan-calawo, Buulalay, Taaroge, Miigaagta, Laan-waalay, Kal-miigaag, Ina-dhabaray Jiicboor, Nugal-gibin, Jiingada, Dhuxul-Shidka, and Laama Ari.

UNHCR documented in a report released on Monday the extensive damage to infrastructure and disruption of daily life for residents in these areas. According to the authority, the fighting has resulted in the displacement of 970 households and over 5,820 individuals.

"This has forced families to seek refuge in neighbouring villages amid dire conditions," said the humanitarian organisation.

Children walk down a road at sunset next to an internally displaced persons camp near the town of Jowhar, Somalia. (Photo: UN)

The inter-clan conflict has resulted in casualties among the militias and claimed the lives of six civilians, including three children.

"The situation on the ground remains volatile, with significant humanitarian concerns," said UNHCR, emphasising the plight faced by displaced communities.

UNHCR reported that families have fled their homes, leaving their belongings behind and enduring hardships as they seek safety, often travelling on foot.

The conflict, it said, has also disrupted essential services such as education, limiting children's access to schooling and further exacerbating the humanitarian crisis. Women, children, and the elderly remain the most vulnerable groups at risk of violence and hardship.

"We urge all parties to prioritise the protection of civilians," UNHCR stated, as more local authorities and international organisations also called for an immediate cessation of hostilities.

The clashes intensify the security challenges facing Somalia's federal government, which is grappling with the persistent threat from militants.

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