The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) troops are calling for humanitarian assistance towards to the estimated 10,000 people displaced by floods and inter-clan fighting in the Somali town of Jowhar.
AMISOM troops are currently hosting the internally displaced persons at their base in Johwar and ensuring their security. The town remains largely cut off after heavy rains and floods badly damaged the road linking Johwar to Mogadishu.
The poor state of the road has limited the flow of humanitarian assistance to the area, leaving many stranded and without basic necessities.
The AMISOM troops are also facilitating discussions among the warring Jareer and Abgaal clans, to have the fighting stop and enable some of the displaced persons return home.
The displaced persons are struggling with the lack of the shelter, food and water. Musa Abdi, one of the residents says the lack of safe water remains the biggest challenge.
"The other major problem we have is with the water, we are drinking dirty water. The water we receive here is not enough. We get 1000 Jerrycans and it can't even satisfy half of the people here. The people are not getting enough water, at the least if they could get enough water for 3 days. The water is extremely dirty, so they use sanitation tablets and make the best of what they have" he says.
Captain Moses Amuya, a Civilian Military Coordination Officer in Johwar says the lack of basic necessities for the displaced persons remains the biggest challenge.
"Most people were forced to come to our defensive position, seeking refuge but at the same time, there was lack of food, water and medication. When we communicated to humanitarian agencies through our high authorities, they were able to respond. But now the challenge was that they could not move by road, the trucks could not cross the waters. What happens now is most of them could find alternative routes, but they could always be delayed. So the civilians were mostly affected because food could not reach them in time," he said.
Johwar is under the AMISOM 343rd Battalion, Battle Group 11 comprised of troops from Uganda, with the security situation relatively calm. This has been supported by the takeover of the town of Madai, which was previously a base for the al Shabaab militants. The town was taken over by the Somali National Army two months ago, though the militants continue to conduct sporadic attacks. Johwar town in the Middle Shabelle region experienced seasonal rains in September 2013, contributing to the flooding that worsened with heavy rains through October and November.
The AMISOM troops which have helped end 21 years of civil war in Somalia remain deployed in the area ensuring the safety of the displaced persons.