Tens of thousands of refugees fleeing the food crisis in Somalia have arrived in Dadaab in recent weeks, pushing already overcrowded camps over the brink. The Dadaab camps were already the biggest in the world, and they now shelter nearly 400,000 refugees – having originally been designed with a capacity of 90,000. Many of the new arrivals have walked for weeks across the desert in the hope of finding food and water, and are now sheltering in desperate conditions on the outskirts of Dadaab. Between 1-2,000 people a day continue to arrive. Oxfam is scaling up its response, providing water and sanitation on the outskirts.
Alun McDonald Posted in Drought, Kenya, Somalia