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Somalia: Keeping children safe: Gaalkayo #2 as of 14 December 2016

14th Dec, 2016: Relative calm has returned to Galkayo after weeks of fighting, but tension remains high with sporadic fighting reported. On 6 November, fierce fighting left 22 people dead and 97 others injured. The warring parties continue to maintain their defensive positions. Humanitarian partners estimate that nearly 90,000 people remain displaced due to increased tensions Health officials estimated that 45 people have been killed and 162 injured since 7 October. Civilians make up 25 per cent of the casualties. The disruption to schooling has affected over 20,000 learners. All the internally displaced persons (IDPs) settlements in eight locations in north Gaalkacyo and 13 in south Gaalkyco remain vacated. Some 40,000 displaced people have faced secondary displacement. According to UNFPA figures, Gaalkacyo has a population of 270,000 people. Clashes have continued despite a ceasefire agreement signed on 1 November, in Abu Dhabi by Galmudug and Puntland administrations. On 7 November, another round of peace talks on the Gaalkacyo conflict was held in Bosasso during which the warring parties were urged to implement the ceasefire agreement (Joint Education Needs Assessment Report in Galmuduug, 3rd December 2016). 

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United Nations Children's Fund
Original Publication Date: 
14 Dec 2016
Document type: 
Communication Materials