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Internal Displacement in Somalia
Somalia has the seventh-largest internally displaced population in the world. It is the scene of one of the world’s longest continuous humanitarian assistance operations, dating back to the late 1980s. Many defining characteristics of the international humanitarian response in Somalia – extremely
dangerous conditions, deliberate targeting of aid workers, terrorist threats, protracted population displacement mixed with new rounds of population upheavals, Balkanization of government authority, failed or problematic peacekeeping operations, remote programming – have unfortunately become more common in humanitarian operations around the world by 2014. In an environment like Somalia that is detrimental to effective humanitarian action, it is relatively easy to document disappointing results, but rather more difficult to decipher what should be done better and more effectively in the face of overwhelming odds.