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08 July 2011

Drought warning for Horn of Africa amid Somalia exodus

A ‘human tragedy of unimaginable proportions’ threatens the Horn of Africa according to the United Nations. After two years of drought, it is estimated that 10 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance across the region. The dire warning came as aid organisations on Tuesday launched a major fundraising campaign to highlight the food emergency. The crisis is especially acute in Somalia, where one-in-four people are now displaced. Somali refugees fleeing drought and ongoing conflict are filling refugee camps in neighbouring countries far past their capacity as the crisis deepens.

Image: This is a satellite map of what is often described as the world’s biggest refugee camp in northern Kenya. The three-camp complex at Dadaab was built to accommodate 90,000 but is now home to more than 350,000. Tens of thousands more live outside the camp, because there is no room for them inside. (Click on image for larger view.)

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