As IDPs continue to grapple with the combined residual effects of conflict and climate shocks, their efforts to engage in sustained recovery and durable solutions initiatives are being continually undermined by evictions. Some are even at the verge of giving up the idea of making any substantial investments as the likelihood of being evicted remains considerably high, having already been evicted multiple times. Regardless of the reason or location, the consequences of eviction are invariably the same – people get displaced, and livelihood strategies are disrupted. While the Coronavirus situation has substantially reduced the number of cases countrywide, evictions are still taking place. In Kismayo, landlords have been evicting residents in Saato and Wadajir in order to develop their land or pursue other related construction activities. In Saato, residents were provided with notice on 25 September and evicted by individuals on 1 November (37 days); while in Wadajir, residents received notice on 28 October and were evicted nine days later on 6 November by the landlords themselves. While it is within their rights to develop their properties, inhabitants should be accorded adequate notice period to identify suitable alternatives and relocate in dignity. These evictions have caused secondary displacement for 17 households in Saato (who are now 300 metres away from original settlement) and 23 households in Wadajir (500 metres from original settlement), resulting in deterioration of both physical and mental health, loss of livelihoods, and an inability to access education facilities. These people are to start over again, and to do amid the economic realities of Covid-19. Protection concerns As yet, no government or humanitarian assistance has been provided, and what is needed at both sites is for agencies to distribute dignity and hygiene kits (e.g., to limit the spread of Covid-19), to secure livelihoods and food (e.g., to avoid malnutrition), and to provide safe and secure shelter, drinking water, and latrines (e.g., to prevent the spread of other diseases).

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