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REFUGEE CRISIS

27/01/2012

SOMALIA |

The refugee crisis in Somalia intensified this year with 95,000 crossing the border to Ethiopia in Liben Zone since January 2011 and settling down in organized camps near the border.

Drought and war in the region is the main, out of multiple factors, reason for the population’s displacement.

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MSF is present in the zone with its activities throughout the crisis, initially with one section (MSF Spain) and the second (MSF Holland) joined in the end of July 2011.

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We observed the peak of the influx in June/July with the primary reason being a draught resulting in extremely poor health/nutrition conditions of the new arrivals creating a nutritional crisis.

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In the month of October, the influx is going up again; however, it seems to be triggered by an increase in fighting in Gedo Region in Somalia as a primary reason for the relocation rather than the drought and hunger itself.

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In General, current refugees cross in better health condition with relatively small percentage of malnourished and they seem to be “wealthier” as well in comparison to earlier influx this year.

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The Ethiopian government decided to open another, 5th, camp in the zone with final capacity to be reached of 50,000 refugees.

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New camps in the future might also follow depending on the influx, which depends on the political and other developments in the regions of Somalia .

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CLICK HERE to support Médecins Sans Frontières MSF (Doctors Without Borders)

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Source: Basia Asztabska

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