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Somalia: 'more help' plea

Monday, August 15, 2011 - 01:35

Aug. 15 - U.N. emergency co-ordinator urges aid agencies to send more help to tackle the fallout from Somalia's worst drought in 60 years. Paul Chapman reports.

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The latest casualties of Somalia's worst drought in 60 years arrive at the world's biggest refugee camp. Fifteen hundred people reach the Dabaab camp in Kenya daily. Its population is fast heading towards half a million. Some say they've lost everything just getting here. SOUNDBITE: Fatma Hassan, Somali refugee, saying (Somali): "The situation back in Somalia is getting worse. I lost all the livestock I had and that's why I came here. It took me four days but I lost everything on the way to bandits." U.N Emergency Relief Co-ordinator Valerie Amos is urging aid agencies to get more help into Somalia itself. SOUNDBITE: United Nations Emergency Relief Co-ordinator Valerie Amos saying (English): "We are making some progress in terms of being able to scale up our operations. It's clear that we need to do much more in terms of being able to provide facilities, support, supplies, within Somalia itself and that means, of course, encourage colleagues who are working on the political side of things to try and make that progress even faster." The drought and famine have claimed the lives of more than 29, 000 children under the age of five in the past three months alone. The U.N. is warning about 3.6 million people in Somalia are at risk of starvation. It says more than 12 million in the Horn of Africa region are affected by drought. Paul Chapman, Reuters

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Somalia: 'more help' plea

Monday, August 15, 2011 - 01:35