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Clan clashes in Mudug displace over 5,820 individuals, UNHCR reports


Tuesday July 9, 2024

 
Clan militia members ride on technicals in the Mudug region of Somalia, amid ongoing conflicts between the Sa’ad and Lelakase sub-clans, which have displaced over 5,820 individuals.

Mogadishu (HOL) — Intense clan conflicts in Somalia's Mudug region have displaced more than 5,820 individuals, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported. The violence, which erupted between the Sa'ad and Lelakase sub-clans, has severely impacted the local population and infrastructure over the past four months.

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The conflict, ignited by a dispute over a water well in Jiicboor village, Galdogob district, reached its peak intensity over a five-day period in late June. The violence has disrupted life in several villages, including Xasaasaale, Laan-calawo, Buulalay, Taaroge, Miigaagta, Laan-waalay, Kal-miigaag, Ina-dhabaray Jiicboor, Nugal-gibin, Jiingada, Dhuxul-Shidka, and Laama Ari. In total, 970 households have been displaced, with families seeking refuge in neighbouring villages under challenging conditions.

The conflict has also led to the deaths of dozens of fighters and six civilians, including three children. "The situation remains unstable, with significant humanitarian concerns," the UNHCR report said. Families have fled their homes, abandoning their possessions and facing numerous challenges. The disruption affects children's education and freedom of movement, with women, children, and the elderly especially vulnerable.

UNHCR has called for an immediate cessation of hostilities and urgent humanitarian assistance. Key priorities include establishing protection desks in the 12 locations hosting displaced populations and scaling up community-driven self-protection initiatives. "The risk of further displacement due to intra-clan violence is still present," the report stated, emphasizing the need for a coordinated humanitarian response.

 



 





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