People living in and those displaced from conflict-affected low-and middle-income countries encounter a unique set of considerations related to the COVID-19 outbreak. This commentary provides Somali perspectives on the global pandemic, highlighting challenges at the intersections of collective trauma and displacement while also emphasizing substantial community resilience experienced in part through faith and social connection. © 2020 American Psychological Association.
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The humanitarian community has had to learn about COVID-19 while responding to this new disease. From the start it was known that basic hygiene practices, such as proper handwashing, could help prevent its transmission. However, many displacement settings do not have the required facilities for implementing household and community-level Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) measures. They may also have weak governance systems for managing and maintaining water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services.