Friday, July 8, 2011

War and drought compounding Somalia exodus | Reuters

"The cluster of crowded camps scattered around Dolo Ado, Ethiopia, now shelter almost 100,000, but officials say the deadly cocktail of daily bloodshed and a ruinous regional drought will force even more to arrive in the coming months.
The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and Ethiopia have set up a cluster of camps at Dolo Ado to accommodate the influx of refugees, which officials say has now topped some 1,600 people each day.
"This is the worst humanitarian disaster we are facing in the world," UNHCR head Antonio Guterres said during a trip to the area on Wednesday. "We have one-fourth of the population of Somalia displaced."
The number of people in need of food assistance across the region is expected to rise to 10 million from previous forecasts of 6 million, the World Food Programme has said."
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