MOGADISHU (SD) – Somaliland authorities have evicted about 7,250 people from Las’anod town and surrounding areas UNHCR confirmed.
In a statement, UNHCR’s Protection and Return Monitoring Network (PRMN) said some 24 households have also reportedly moved to nearby villages in Buhoodle district.
In Ceerigaabo town, Sanaag region, 75 people have reportedly left for Gaalkacyo and Baidoa towns after authorities issued a notice asking people from southern areas to leave by 21 October, according to mapping done by PRMN.
Over 3,300 displaced people from Las’anod have arrived in Gaalkacyo since 2 October when the forced displacements started, of whom 986 have proceeded to South West State, Hirshabelle and Banadir.
Another 32 families (75 people) arrived in Margaga settlement in the outskirts of Ba’adweyn town, 50km northeast of Gaalkacyo. On 14 October, they were airlifted to Baidoa.
Meanwhile, Dahabshiil, a money remittance company has donated $300,000 to Somalis evicted from Las Anod, a move to ease the suffering of the families.
The company’s regional manager in Bay and Bakool regions Sheikh Ibrahim Ali Abdi said the funds will assist evictees who recently arrived in Baidoa.
South West state officials who attended the donation ceremony thanked Dahabshiil for the gesture. Hormuud Salaaam Foundation last week donated $200,000 towards the support of the evictees.