Somali soldiers in deadly border disputes

somali-disputesFrom SAAD MUSE in Mogadishu, Somalia
MOGADISHU, (CAJ News) – THE impact of conflict is putting strain on depleted aid supplies meant to respond to needs of those affected by flooding and drought in Somalia.

The fighting pits soldiers from the two autonomous regions of Putland and Galmudug.

The dispute is over border demarcations.

Fighting has continued for the third week in the north-central Gaalkacyo leaving 18 people killed and 60 injured.

Humanitarian partners estimate over 75 000 people have been displaced, but the number could be higher as more people continue to flee the violence, which flared yesterday (Monday).

Civilians have even fled refugee camps and settled in the outskirts of the troubled town.

Some 80 per cent of the displaced are women, children and elderly. Over 20 000 learners have been affected as all schools remain closed.

Since the outbreak of fighting, United Nations Humanitarian Air Service has been forced to cancel four scheduled flights to Gaalkacyo as a safety measure. Most humanitarian organizations are limiting staff movement.

Businesses and commercial activities have ground to a halt.

“The onset of the rainy season is likely to affect the displaced especially those spending nights in the open,” said a UN official.

Somalia is also battling a 25-year civil war and Islamic extremists.
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