Somalia

Updated 21/05/2021

Insecurity and instability across Somalia make humanitarian operation challenging and unstable. Perpetual outbreaks of violence due to clan disputes, protests, the weakness of the national forces, the gradual withdrawal of the African Union Mission in Somalia, the Islamic State and continuing Al Shabaab attacks all strongly impact humanitarian access.

In late April 2021 Somalia’s deepening political crisis descended into violence as clashes broke out between forces loyal to Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed “Farmajo” and those aligned with the political opposition. It is estimated that the political crisis along with a set of humanitarian disasters, including recent flash floods and a predicted drought, will leave more than six million people in need of aid.

2021 Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition (SHCC) Report

The SHCC identified ten incidents of violence against or obstruction of health care in Somalia in 2020, compared to 12 such incidents in 2019. Six health workers were killed in these incidents and 11 kidnapped.

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In 2020 health workers were killed and kidnapped in the vicinity of health facilities and while delivering medical supplies or carrying out a health awareness campaign. Al-Shabaab fighters were often named as perpetrators of these incidents. Data


Our Global Interactive Map on Threats and Violence against Health Care provides access to continuously updated information on violence against health care in conflict and related to COVID-19.