"Millions of African Climate Refugees Desperate for Food, Water"

"NAIROBI, Kenya -- The worst drought in 60 years is causing a severe food crisis in East Africa. In Kenya, the world's largest refugee camp is overwhelmed as 10,000 climate refugees from across the drought-stricken region arrive each week seeking water, food and shelter.

'The overcrowded Dadaab refugee camp in Garissa continues to receive new arrivals at alarming rates. The current number of registered refugees, 353,921, is four times its capacity,' the UN's humanitarian affairs agency said Thursday. 'Twenty thousand people have arrived in the last two weeks alone.'

The influx of Somalis into refugee camps in the Dadaab area of Kenya's North-Eastern province has led to worsening overcrowding amid limited resources.

The epicenter of the drought has hit the poorest people in the region in an area straddling the borders of Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia."

Environment News Service had the story July 6, 2011.

SEE ALSO:

"Hunger, Drought Batter Millions in Africa's Horn" (AP)

"Food and Relief Agencies Appeal for Aid To Combat Drought in Horn of Africa" (AP)


"Babies Die in Starving Trek for Aid in East Africa" (London Daily Mail)

"Kenya Police Tear Gas Hunger Crisis Activists" (CBS/AP)

Source: ENS, 07/08/2011