An upsurge in insecurity and conflict has triggered a new wave of displacement in the Lower Shabelle region of South West State.
According to UNHCR-led Protection and Return Monitoring Network (PRMN), more than 34,000 people have fled the area since the beginning of August, joining thousands of others who fled earlier in 2018 or before due to conflict, drought and floods, in which the majority are women and children.
As parties to the conflict continue to take control of smaller towns and villages, the anxiety and unpredictable security situation continues to force families to flee their homes in search of safety.
The United Nations and humanitarian partners have boosted the delivery of assistance and the provision of services to the affected communities.
The Somalia Humanitarian Fund has funded a project aimed to improve access to emergency shelter for 5,400 newly displaced people in Lower Shabelle, in an effort to improve their living conditions and meet their basic necessities.
However, the needs remain dire. Humanitarian partners are particularly concerned about an increase in protection issues, including restriction of movement, arbitrary arrests, civilian casualties and the destruction of properties and livelihood assets.