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UN: Flow of Somalis Into Kenya Rising

Posted August 10th, 2011 at 8:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations is warning that the famine in East Africa has not yet peaked and says Somali refugees are still pouring into Kenya despite efforts to alleviate famine conditions. The U.N. humanitarian affairs office says that during the first week of August an average of 1,500 Somalis arrived each day at the Dadaab refugee […]

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UN: Flow of Somalis Into Kenya Rising

Posted August 10th, 2011 at 8:05 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations says Somali refugees are still pouring into Kenya despite efforts to alleviate drought and famine conditions in southern Somalia. The U.N. humanitarian affairs office says that during the first week in August, an average of 1,500 Somalis arrived each day at the Dadaab refugee camps in northern Kenya. That number was up […]

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World Food Program Accelerates Horn of Africa Aid

Posted August 9th, 2011 at 9:10 am (UTC-5)
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The World Food Program says it is speeding up aid deliveries to the Horn of Africa, where more than 12 million people need urgent help to deal with famine and drought. The group said Tuesday it is starting the first of nine airlifts to Mombasa, Kenya, with enough high-energy biscuits to feed 1.6 million people […]

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Obama Offers $105 Million in New Drought, Famine Aid for E. Africa

Posted August 8th, 2011 at 8:20 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama has approved $105 million in new drought and famine aid to East Africa. The White House says the United States will continue to help those who desperately need food, shelter, water and medicine. So far this year, the United States has sent about $565 million in aid to Somalia, Ethiopia and […]

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Obama Offers $105 Million in New Drought, Famine Aid for E. Africa

Posted August 8th, 2011 at 4:45 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama has approved $105 million in new drought and famine aid to East Africa. The White House says the United States will continue to help those who desperately need food, shelter, water and medicine. So far this year, the United States has sent about $565 million in aid to Somalia, Ethiopia and […]

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US to Offer $100 Million in New Famine Aid for East Africa

Posted August 8th, 2011 at 11:35 am (UTC-5)
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The United States is set to offer $100 million in new drought and famine aid to East Africa, as a high-level U.S. team visits the region. U.S. officials say the new aid will be announced Monday. The United States has previously contributed more than $450 million to combat the regional drought. The U.S. delegation led […]

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US Team in Kenya to Assess and Address Drought

Posted August 8th, 2011 at 8:05 am (UTC-5)
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A high-level U.S. government team has arrived in Kenya to assess the impact of the regional drought and discuss solutions with Kenyan officials. The team, led by Jill Biden, wife of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, arrived in Kenya Monday morning. Biden then went to the Dadaab refugee camps, where tens of thousands of Somali […]

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UN: ‘Alarming’ Measles Outbreak Among Drought-Stricken Somali Refugees

Posted August 6th, 2011 at 12:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations and Ethiopia’s government are beginning a massive vaccination campaign against measles for Somali refugee children as fears rise about an outbreak effecting those already weakened by famine. The U.N. refugee agency chief in Ethiopia said in a statement Saturday he was “shaken” by the situation he saw during a visit this week […]

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7 Killed in Looting at Somalia Aid Camp

Posted August 5th, 2011 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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Witnesses at a refugee camp in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, say seven people were killed during a looting spree that broke out as food was being distributed to famine and drought victims. People at the scene say the violence began Friday when men dressed as government troops began stealing food at the Badbaado camp, the largest […]

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Urges ‘Unfettered’ Aid to Shabab-controlled Somalia

Posted August 4th, 2011 at 5:25 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is calling on the al-Shabab militant group to allow aid groups “unfettered” access to bring food assistance to the more than a million people facing famine in the part of Somalia they control. At a press conference Thursday, Clinton said this would allow aid groups to save as many […]

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