Thousands Climate Refugees Per Day Pushing Into Kenya & Ethiopia As Epic Drought Continues

The epic drought conditions in the Horn of Africa and East Africa that first began coming to light about ten days ago continue to intensify, with what are in effect climate refugees streaming into parts of Somalia and Kenya.

In northern Kenya, the refugee camp at Daadab has 1,500 new people per day are arriving CARE reports. In the south-eastern part of Ethiopia a new refugee camp at Kobe, just opened a few weeks ago, the third in the region, is already filled to capacity at 20,000 people (UNHCR). Some 1,700 refugees are arriving in Ethiopia each day. Overall at least 10 million people in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia are affected.

CARE describes the worsening situation:

The Government of Kenya has declared the drought a national disaster. At 14 percent, inflation is at its highest peak in two years and is likely to rise further. In the refugee camps of Daadab in northern Kenya, where almost 367,000 refugees have sought shelter, the situation is particularly grave. Thousands of Somalis are walking for weeks to reach the camp, most of them arriving acutely malnourished, dehydrated, with nothing but the clothes on their backs. There is reportedly an upsurge of sexual violence against women.

Antonio Guterres, head of the UNHCR, says that in a year of crises, "I think that in Somalia we can find the worst humanitarian disaster of this year.

UNHCR reports that from what they are gathering from incoming refugees "many people are dying en route" to camps from starvation.

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