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Somalia’s hidden population

August 11th, 2010, Comment & Analysis

The humanitarian situation in Somalia over the last few years has increasingly worsened, even beyond conditions in the 1990s. 3.6 million people are in need of aid today, and Somalia hosts 1.2 million internally displaced people. But although recent news stories focus on fighting between government forces and Islamist insurgents, or on the many piracy incidents along the Somali coast and the Gulf of Aden, there has been very little interest in the plight of Somalia’s refugees – the ‘hidden population.’

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Somalia’s hidden population

August 11th, 2010, Comment & Analysis

The humanitarian situation in Somalia over the last few years has increasingly worsened, even beyond conditions in the 1990s. 3.6 million people are in need of aid today, and Somalia hosts 1.2 million internally displaced people. But although recent news stories focus on fighting between government forces and Islamist insurgents, or on the many piracy incidents along the Somali coast and the Gulf of Aden, there has been very little interest in the plight of Somalia’s refugees – the ‘hidden population.’

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Cindy Horst

Senior Researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo

April 22nd, 2010, Activist/Humanitarian, Dutch, English, Euro-Med, Europe, Europe, German, Law and Human Rights, Migration and Integration, Minority Rights, North America, Norway, Oslo, Somalia, Subsaharan Africa, Think tank/Research center, War and Conflict

Cindy Horst

Dr. Cindy Horst, Senior Researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), is an anthropologist with a specialization in Forced Migration Studies. Her main work has focused on livelihoods in refugee camps, in particular exploring transnational dimensions such as remittance sending patterns and migration dreams amongst Somalis.

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