Anger, hunger at refugee camps

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MOGADISHU, (CAJ News) – ABOUT one million Somalis in refugee camps in the Horn of Africa and the surrounding region face growing hopelessness as their displacement drags on for decades and donors become fatigued.
The Somali refugee situation, now in its third decade, is among the most protracted in the world, with a third generation of refugees being born in exile.
Nearly one million are displaced in the near region and a further 1,1 million are displaced within the country itself.
“There is a growing sense of hopelessness in the camps, because people are feeling forgotten,” said Mohamed Abdi Affey, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Special Envoy on the Somali refugee situation.
As the situation draws on for decades, Affey said that refugees in the camps faced challenges ranging from dwindling food rations as a drought builds in East Africa to limited access to education and skills training, particularly for the youth.
The envoy said donor attention was drawn to other emergencies including Syria and South Sudan.
“Meanwhile hunger is growing, frustration is growing and desperation is setting in and people are becoming angry.”
The imminent closure of the Dabaab refugee camp in Kenya is worsening matters and left the region on the verge of humanitarian crisis.
About 300 000 Somali refugees are accommodated at the centre, the world’s largest such site.
Kenya is closing it amid fears it is now a breeding ground for the Al-Shabaab terror group.
– CAJ NEWS

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