One Lakh displaced in famine-stricken Somalia: UN

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 11:02

United Nations: The UN estimates that
100,000 internally displaced people have arrived in Mogadishu,
the capital of Somalia, which has been hit by deadly famine.

Thousands of Somalians have also fled to refugee camps
in neighbouring Kenya and Ethiopia. Women and children are
reportedly some of the worst-affected.

It is estimated that 11 million people are impacted by
the drought in the Horn of Africa. The UN has appealed for USD
1.6 billion to respond to the humanitarian crisis.

"Given the growing numbers of displaced people in search
of food assistance, the amounts being delivered are not
sufficient to meet all of the needs. This has caused serious
crowd crushes and even some looting," Vivian Tan, spokesperson
for the UN High Commissioner on Refugees said on Wednesday.

"As a result, some of the weakest and most vulnerable
are left with nothing, despite the best efforts of agencies
and charities," she added.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 11:02

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