Drought: More work needed, says MSF

2011-07-28 14:10
Nairobi - Medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) called on Thursday for a faster clearance of Somali refugees fleeing a devastating drought and streaming into congested camps in Kenya.

Thousands of Somalis have been forced to seek refuge across the border in the Dadaab camps, but have faced delays in registration and settlement.

"Even if there have been efforts in speeding up registration and allocating more land to refugees, much more work needs to be done to meet the needs of the new arrivals," said MSF chief Unni Karunakara.

"In Dadaab, the registration process delays need to be addressed. We need to gear up," Karunakara told reporters in Nairobi.

The Dadaab camps were set up in 1991 to host 90 000 refugees, but the population has risen 380 000, making it the world's largest refugee settlement.

Thousands other Somalis have also fled to Ethiopia.

Somalia is the worst affected country in the Horn of Africa by a severe drought that has put some 12 million people across the region in danger of starvation.

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