Ethiopia camp - 10 children a day die

2011-08-16 17:16

Geneva - An average of ten children under the age of five die every day from malnutrition and disease in Ethiopia's Kobe refugee camp, the UN's refugee agency said on Tuesday.

"Since the Kobe refugee camp opened in June, an average of 10 children under the age of five have died every day," according to Adrian Edwards, a spokesperson with the office of the UN's High Commissioner for Refugees.

"While malnutrition is the leading cause of the high mortality, suspected measles is compounding the problem.

"The combination of disease and malnutrition is what has caused similar death rates in previous famine crises in the region," Edwards said.

Some 25 000 people are currently registered at the Kobe camp, part of the 121 000-strong Dollo Ado refugee complex, Edwards explained, saying the complex had more than doubled since the beginning of the year.

Edwards said a mass vaccination campaign targeting children between the ages of six months and 15 years was completed at the Kobe camp on Monday.

"The majority of refugees arriving from Somalia are from rural areas, and the camps in Ethiopia may be the first time they have been in contact with formal health facilities," he said.

Some 200 to 250 Somalis arrive at the refugee complex every day, Edwards added, fleeing violence and what the United Nations has described as the region's worst drought in decades.

  • beicime - 2011-08-16 17:36

    The AU talks a lot about foreigners but does nothing for hits people. If not for the foreigners Africa would be worst than it is. If the AU doesn't want to be ignored by the world it must admit that it is incapable to do anything successfully other than copying text book solutions to its proposals.

      daaivark - 2011-08-17 12:05

      You're in Africa, I presume. How much have you donated?

  • Anton - 2011-08-16 17:47

    While most of the world, with tears in their eyes, are doing everything possible to help these starving Africans, the AU , AFTER THREE MONTHS , have not been able to get together, and discuss ways to assist in the worst crisis, in years, to hit Africa. IT IS MIND BOGGING !!!!!!!!

      Christelle - 2011-08-16 17:52

      @Anton. The richer African countries, ie SA, which have not been totally crippled by internal strife like in the rest of Africa,(and blaming the Western Imperialists for it) are too busy planning on how they can destroy their own countries, ie Malema and his cronies and a spineless Zuma, to have any time on their hands thinking about what is happening in countries like Somalia and Ethiopia.

  • Wonderboy - 2011-08-16 19:19

    The world is worried about 10 children who die everyday but the 50 people killed in South Africa does not matter. I also care about the 10 but a much bigger issue should be made by the world about the pointless deaths of South Africans. Zuma should be held responsible for his inactivity.

      daaivark - 2011-08-17 12:05

      So which 50 people a day are you talking about Wonderboy? I wonder.

  • letsee - 2011-08-17 11:44

    Where is the AU?

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