Sunday, July 31, 2011

Mogadishu Flooded With Starving Refugees

Despite continued fighting in Mogadishu, thousands of refugees from Somali's drought-hit south are arriving in the capital. Above, refugees queue for food in a camp in the suburbs. Photograph: Mustafa Abdi/AFP/Getty Images

Somali Refugees Brave Fighting In Mogadishu In Hope Of UN Food Aid -- The Guardian

Tens of thousands flee drought-hit southern Somalia as UN begins food deliveries to war-torn capital.

Hit by the worst drought in 60 years, tens of thousands of people are leaving the rural areas of central and southern Somalia for the war-ravaged capital, Mogadishu, where last week the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) started an airlift operation to deliver to 20 feeding centres.

Despite continuing fighting, with troops of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and African Union-led forces battling the Islamic militants of al-Shabaab, more and more people are coming into the city, hoping to find relief from a drought that is affecting 11 million in Somalia alone.

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My Comment: When you are starving and thirsty, bullets flying around are the least of your worries.

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