Somali refugees killed in food riots

Somali refugees

Somali refugees

Two refugees have been shot and killed and dozens injured following rioting at the Dadaab refugee camp in  north-eastern Kenya.

The UN Refugee agency UNHCR which runs the camp says the rioting broke out as local police sought to disperse crowds protesting the closure of illegal food distribution structures that have sprung up around the camp.

Daadab is the largest refugee camp in the world and mainly hosts Somali refugees escaping war and drought in their country.

Adrian Edwards is from UNHCR in Geneva.

"Sadly, this incident is symptomatic of the pressures at the camp amid overcrowding compounded by the very high number of arrivals we have been seeing recently from Somalia. More than 61,000 Somalis have sought safety in Kenya since the start of the year. As of June 6th we had opened three emergency centres in Dadaab. Since then a further 27,000 people have approached the reception centres at these sites."

Authorities in the camp are struggling to keep up with the thousands of Somali refugees streaming into the camp for assistance.

The Dadaab camp currently hosts over 370,000 refugees.

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