Somalia’s Federal government in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) officially launched the final report of the population estimation survey, the first of its kind since 1986 before the Central government collapsed.
The ceremony was attended by the Deputy Prime Minister of Somalia Mohamed Omar Arte, Minister of Planning and Cooperation and officials from the UNFPA.
Launched in June 2012, Population estimation survey of Somalis undertaken in most of the 18 states in the country shows the total number of the population 12,316,895.
Officials admitted that there were challenges in some regions due to security issues and had to use other plans to estimate the people living there.
According to UNFPA officials, the survey also reached out to displaced and nomadic populations through water points which are frequently visited during the pick of the dry seasons.
The February 1986 census launched by the former military-led government of Somalia recorded it at 7,114,431. In 1997, during the civil war the mid-year population increased from 7,875,000 in 1985 to 10,217,000, according to United Nations estimates.
Since 1991, an estimated 350,000 to 1,000,000 Somalis had died because of more than two decades conflicts.