Posted by: africanpressorganization | 28 March 2009

Somalia / Somali refugees are arriving in even greater numbers at a UN-run camp in north-eastern Kenya

 


 

Somalia / Somali refugees are arriving in even greater numbers at a UN-run camp in north-eastern Kenya

 

NAIROBI, Kenya, March 28, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Daily press briefing by the office of the spokesperson for the UN secretary-general

 

On Somalia, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) says recent improvements in Somali political life have done little to slow the tide of Somalis fleeing the country.

 

The agency says that Somali refugees are arriving in even greater numbers at a UN-run camp in north-eastern Kenya, with some 20,000 having been registered at the already overcrowded Dadaab camp since January.  UNHCR says the new arrivals are blaming increased insecurity, drought and food shortages for their flight into Kenya.

 

Built 20 years ago to provide shelter for 90,000 people, the Dadaab camp, one of the oldest and largest refugee sites in the world, is home to well over 261,000 people.

 

SOURCE : United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


 


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