Fighting in Mogadishu hampering the delivery of aid

It's early in the morning and recently arrived refugees wait in the shade outside the Dagahaley reception centre.

Ongoing fighting in the Somali capital of Mogadishu is affecting the ability of UN agencies to deliver assistance to the populations in distress.

The UN refugee agency or UNHCR says the staff's only means of travel in the city is in heavily armoured vehicles protected by security escorts.

The agency is preparing to deliver assistance to 180,000 people in Mogadishu and south central Somalia before the end of the month.

UNHCR's Fatoumata Lejeune-Kaba says there are fears that the famine will spread.

"According to the latest data from our food security partners, food security is expected to deteriorate over the coming months. By August-September, all regions of Southern Somalia were likely to be facing famine, according to the Food Security Nutrition and Analysis Unit. FSNAU's Famine Early Warning System Network, and it is expected that the influx of internally displaced people into the city will continue as a result".

Meanwhile, Lejeune-Kaba says the flow of refugees from Somalia to Kenya continues unabated.

July saw the highest number of arrivals in the Dadaab refugee camp's twenty year history.

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