800 Somali kids arrive in Kenya daily

2011-06-28 13:46

Nairobi - An international aid group says over 800 Somali children arrive at Kenyan refugee camps each day to escape their country's devastating drought.

Save the Children says that the children are part of the nearly 1 300 people who come each day to the overcrowded Dadaab refugee camps in north-eastern Kenya.

The group said on Tuesday that some families walk through sand and searing heat for more than a month looking for food, water and shelter.

The UN refugee agency says 20 000 Somalis have arrived in Kenya over the past two weeks alone, a sharp increase from last year when some 6 000 to 8 000 Somalis were arriving in Kenya each month.

Save the Children says the children arrive from Somalia exhausted, malnourished and severely dehydrated.