20,000 Somali refugees arrive in Kenya in just two weeks

Somalis cross the border into Kenya

More than 20,000 Somali's have flooded into the Dadaab refugee camp in northern Kenya over the past two weeks.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees  says the dramatic rise in refugees is alarming.

The new arrivals are mostly farmers and animal herders from Lower Juba and the city of Dhobley fleeing the ongoing conflict in Somalia.

Melisa Fleming is from UNHCR.

"There is a horrible drought in Somalia as if these people weren't suffering enough from the violence and this is causing a horrible phenomenon of malnutrition from the violence. So when these people arrive they walk for days exhausted and they haven't eaten or had anything to drink"

Dadaab is the largest refugee settlement in the world. In June the camp population passed the 360,000 mark.

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