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Women, adolescent girls, and children are the hardest hit by flooding, droughts, and displacements in the first and second quarter of 2021. This in-focus brief presents the present realities of women and girls as they struggle to come to terms with human suffering and challenging conditions occasioned by the events of floods and displacements in Middle Shabelle, Bardale/Biadoa regions.


For Middle Shabelle, the character of humanitarian emergency includes devastating dry seasons usually followed by alternating rainy flooding seasons. River flash floods resulting from overflow and breakage of weak river points compounded by heavy downpours led to massive flooding in both the assessed districts, Mahaday and Jowhar, in the Middle Shabelle region. Sixty-six thousand individuals have been totally displaced from their dwellings, out of which 45 percent are women and girls, while 28 percent are children.