Aid group: Hundreds of children fleeing drought arrive in Kenya daily

Sun, 2011-08-07 14:12 by admin
Nearly 1,300 people, including children, are arriving daily at the Dadaab refugee camps in Kenya.

Nearly 1,300 people, including children, are arriving daily at the Dadaab refugee camps in Kenya.

By the CNN Wire Staff
June 30, 2011 -- Updated 1058 GMT (1858 HKT)

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(CNN) -- More than 800 Somali children are arriving at crowded refugee camps in Kenya daily after walking for days to escape a prolonged drought, an aid group said this week.

About 10 million people are at risk of starvation as the Horn of Africa region faces the worst drought in 60 years, according to the United Nations.

The drought has left thousands of children in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda malnourished, and millions others in danger, Save the Children said.

Nearly 1,300 people, including children, are arriving daily at the Dadaab refugee camps in northeastern Kenya, according to Save the Children.

"Children have made long journeys in terrifying conditions, often losing their families along the way and arriving at the camps in desperate need of security, health care and a normal life," said Catherine Fitzgibbon, program director of Save the Children in Kenya.

The influx of refugees in the Dadaab area has worsened conditions in a camp already battling limited resources. Dadaab, which was built for 90,000 people, is home to more than 350,000 refugees. …

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