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Tens of thousands displaced by clashes in Beled Xawo

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Tens of thousands displaced by clashes in Beled Xawo

Postby Goljano Lion » Tue Oct 26, 2010 9:16 pm

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GENEVA, October 26 (UNHCR) – Fierce fighting between rival militia groups in Somalia has forced an estimated 60,000 people from their homes, UNHCR reported Tuesday. Briefing journalists in Geneva, spokesman Andrej Mahecic said some 40,000 people had sought safety in neighbouring villages following recent clashes between the Al Shabaab militia and a rival group allied to the government in the town of Beled Hawo, near the border with Kenya. Many were now living in the open without access to food, water or sanitation

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Re: Tens of thousands displaced by clashes in Beled Xawo

Postby grandpakhalif » Tue Oct 26, 2010 9:24 pm

WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

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Re: Tens of thousands displaced by clashes in Beled Xawo

Postby Goljano Lion » Tue Oct 26, 2010 9:25 pm

grandpakhalif wrote:WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

so you read Orwell 1984 :up:

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Re: Tens of thousands displaced by clashes in Beled Xawo

Postby Goljano Lion » Tue Oct 26, 2010 9:29 pm

"Thousands of other Somalis have crossed into the Kenyan town of Mandera where they are being hosted by the local community. "The refugees are waiting for the fighting to die down before making a decision about whether to return home," said Mahecic. "We are particularly concerned about the worsening health and security conditions for thousands of others who have been camping out in the open at a makeshift settlement just inside the Kenyan border since mid-October."

The number of Somali refugees at the so-called Border Point One has been increasing daily and currently stands at more than five thousand. Most of those living in the settlement are women, children and the elderly and UNHCR staff on the ground report the site lacks shelter or sanitation. "The situation for the refugees there is truly deplorable," said Mahecic.

The camp is only 500 metres from the Kenya-Somalia border and dangerously close to Beled Hawo if the fighting there was to resume. UNHCR is urging the Kenyan authorities to speed up the relocation of the refugees to a reception centre where the agency and its partners can better attend to their protection and assistance needs, Mahecic told reporters".


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