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Galmudug: Galgaduud and Mudug residents face Humanitarian Crisis

Storyline:National News

Galmudug minister for assistance and disable people, Shire Hirsi Mohamud said that most of residents of those regions now suffering as they live in deplorable conditions.

“The ability of communities to recover is further undermined by widespread armed clashes and poor security conditions, which continue to force communities to flee their homes, thus disrupting food production and other economic activities,” he said.

The minister pointed out that Galmudug cabinet has assigned committee to assess the situations of the residents in those regions.

“People of these regions need quick response to deliver aid because those areas are affected prolong drought which swept hundreds of lives due lack of rain people continue with dire situation”

He added “The regions hit by serious water shortages as one drum of drinking water reaches $ 10 dollars which unaffordable to many people”

He called upon international aid agencies and the Federal government to immediately initiate emergency relief measures to rescue the affected residents before the situation turns to worst.

The security situation in the region is stable but fluid, and humanitarian access remains a major challenge in the region due to political tensions and sporadic clan conflicts.

The main humanitarian issues in the region are recurrent drought, lack of adequate sources of livelihood especially for drought-affected pastoralists, rural and urban poor, and hyperinflation affecting the purchasing power of the most vulnerable groups.

Mudug and Galgaduud regions suffer from increased ongoing political tensions. There are also localized resource-based conflicts in rural settlements. Marine piracy attacks, previously a big menace, have declined in the past six months.

The direct and indirect impacts have been human casualties, injuries and population displacement. Furthermore, there has been trade disruptions, a downturn in economic activities and transportation networks.

Restrictions on population and livestock movements to key grazing areas and markets are also reported.

The threat of sea piracy has also continued to restrict trade/imports and influences increased price levels of commodities. Local cereals are brought from southern Somalia while imported commodities come from Bossaso and Mogadishu.