UNHCR chief visits Kenya, Ethiopia to examine Somali aid

6th July 2011, Comments 0 comments

The UN chief for refugees, Antonio Guterres, is travelling to Ethiopia and Kenya to examine the aid response to tens of thousands of Somalis who have fled violence and severe drought.

Some 54,000 people have crossed the borders into Ethiopia and Kenya in search of food and water in June alone, according to data from the UN refugee agency, UNHCR.

Guterres will arrive Thursday in Ethiopia before heading to Kenya on Saturday, his office said. He is scheduled to meet with the authorities, as well as the diplomatic communities in both countries.

In Kenya, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees will also visit the over-crowded Dadaab refugee camp, which was built for 90,000 but which is now home to over 380,000 Somali refugees.

© 2011 AFP

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