Posted by: africanpressorganization | 8 July 2009

Somalia / Massive population displacement




Somalia / Massive population displacement



MOGADISHU, Somalia, July 8, 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) is warning that escalating fighting in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, is causing enormous suffering and massive displacement, with a devastating impact on the city’s population.


UNHCR says an eight-week offensive by anti-Government militiamen has now left more than 200,000 people displaced.  The agency’s local partners have put the death toll in the past week alone at more than one hundred, with nearly 400 others injured.


The agency says that though the majority of the displaced are seeking assistance in the Afgooye corridor, some 30 kilometres west of Mogadishu, thousands more have been crossing the border into Kenya, where they are seeking help at the UNHCR-run Dadaab refugee complex.  



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


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