Hunger-stricken refugees cross borders
From ADANE BIKILA in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
ADDIS ABABA, (CAJ News) – SOME 10 000 people from Ethiopia and Somalia have fled to neighbouring Djibouti where they have put additional pressure on local people who were already affected by two decades of recurrent drought and overstretched social services.
Those fleeing Ethiopia and Somalia, mostly pastoralists, are evading one of the most severe droughts of the last decade. Many pregnant women and children under five among the displaced showed signs of acute malnutrition and anemia.
Half of the adult men and women were underweight and many were suffering chronic coughs, tuberculosis and diarrheal diseases.
The refugees have camped at sites in Ali-Sabieh, Dickhil and Obock regions of Djibouti.
They are living alongside 14 000 people in local communities.
Owing to the crisis, the European Union has pledged to invest in food and nutrition security among the most vulnerable people in Djibouti, thanks to a contribution of €600 000 (R9 million) from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department.
– CAJ News
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