UN rushes tents to overcrowded Kenya camp

2011-07-15 15:05
Geneva - The UN refugee agency said on Friday that it would begin a massive operation to fly in tents to Kenya's overcrowded Dadaab camp, where 1 300 Somalis fleeing conflict and drought are arriving daily.

"UNHCR plans to begin a massive airlift this weekend to bring tents and other aid supplies," said Adrian Edwards, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

The first flight would arrive on Sunday in Nairobi with about 100 tons of tents while at least six other planeloads are to follow over the next two weeks to bring another 600 tons of tents to the world's largest refugee camp.

Dadaab, located at the border with Somalia, was built for 90 000 people. But it is now home to nearly 440 000, including 59 000 who are living on the outskirts of the camp.

With the worst drought in 60 years hitting the Horn of Africa, the flow of Somali refugees arriving at the camp has increased over recent months, putting resources at the camp under severe strain.

On Thursday, Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga pledged to open an extension at Dadaab to ease the severe overcrowding.

"We certainly can see the crisis level and it is important that the camps be opened," he said in Dadaab.

"Let the UNHCR work with the government on modalities of opening up the new camps," he added.

Edwards welcomed the announcement, saying that the UN agency's chief Antonio Guterres has written to Kenya's president and Odinga to applaud the decision as well as pledge UNHCR's full support.

Some 60 000 new arrivals have been recorded at Dadaab since the beginning of the year, according to the UNHCR.

- SAPA
Read more on:    unhcr  |  raila odinga  |  kenya  |  somalia  |  africa drought  |  east africa hunger  |  east africa
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
4 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Get fit on a budget

It’s time to throw the “I can’t afford to exercise” excuse out the window.

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

Tips for paddling your first Dusi
Climbing the world’s largest stone arch
Awesome extreme sports people
Watch: 2015 Absa Cape Epic route

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Seen something you like in our catalogue?

Find the perfect gift and save up to R5000 – As seen on the catalogue. Hurry and shop now!

Save up to R1000 on Hisense smartphones!

View the large range of Hisense smartphones. Buy today and save up to R1000!

Toys 4 for the price of 3

Buy 4 toys and get the cheapest FREE! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing prices – As seen on TV

Get mind blowing prices on 1000’s of products! Shop now.

Deal of the week!

Save R1200 on the Samsung 48” smart full HD LED television now only R8799. Buy now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You may prefer to be in charge because then you can call the shots. You are not as flexible as you like to make out to be and you...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.