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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

SOMALI CIVIL WAR: Somali refugee crisis is killing children!

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AP / The Hindu / GENEVA, July 5, 2011.

Somali child eats as he is waiting to be registered at U.N. registration center in Dagahaley, Northeastern Kenya. File photo
Somali child eats as he is waiting to be registered at U.N. registration center in Dagahaley, Northeastern Kenya. File photo.

Many of the refugees are children who don’t survive the exhausting journey, or who die even after they reach the camps because they arrive so hungry and frail.
The United Nations says many Somali children are arriving at refugee camps in neighbouring Kenya and Ethiopia in such weak shape that they are dying within 24 hours despite emergency care and feeding.
A spokeswoman for the U.N. refugee agency Melissa Fleming says an unknown number of children under the age of five are dying from hunger and exhaustion as their families flee violence compounded by drought in Somalia.

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