Fighting has forced more than 10,000 Somalis to flee their homes and seek safety in the capital, Mogadishu, during November, the Norwegian Refugee Council has said.
Those running from the recent upsurge in violence in the country’s Middle and Lower Shabelle region has put even more pressure on the already overstretched refugee camps, the agency added in a release.
About a million Somalis have been displaced since January, mainly due to drought.
Victor Moses, NRC country director in Somalia, said:
We’re seeing a spike in families fleeing fighting that are arriving in overcrowded camps in Mogadishu. The camps are already overfilled with drought-stricken people, barely surviving in flimsy shelters. The double shock to people fleeing both conflict and drought means that they have to endure multiple crises at once, and this can push them over the brink.”
The charity is calling for an urgent halt to the fighting and aerial bombardment of the region in order to hopefully halt the flow of refugees.
Somalia has been hit by conflict between militant Islamist group al-Shabab, and the government, backed by the UN and African Union (AU).
The US has carried out many air strikes in the country over the years to target al-Shabab, but has been accused of causing civilian casualties as well.
Kenya has also carried out air strikes.