The UN Refugee Agency has warned of a growing influx of Somalis that are seeking refuge in Ethiopia, amid worsening drought and security woes.

The statement also emphasised the need to exert concerted efforts to mitigate the challenges that are driving the influx of Somalis into Ethiopia.

According to the UN refugee agency, the existing fragile situation in Somalia is “being aggravated still further by militant group Al-Shabab, which determines what crops farmers can grow and levies ‘taxes,’ extortion payments on already struggling rural communities’’.

It also warned on the extent of the challenge, saying that “UNHCR is increasingly concerned about the risk of climate-related displacement of people, either within their own countries or across borders’’.

According to Protection Officer at UNHCR’s Melkadida sub-office, Muhammad Harfoush, existing insecurity and worsening drought were clearly driving the spike in new arrivals to Ethiopia.