UN refugee chief spends Eid in Horn of Africa

A new arrival from Somalia looks on as UNHCR chief António Guterres visits the Dollo Ado refugee transit centre in south-eastern Ethiopia (8 July 2011)

The head of the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) António Guterres is on a three-day visit to the Horn of Africa to show solidarity with displaced Somalis.

The visit comes on the start the three-day Muslim holiday of Eid il-Fitr marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

Adrian Edwards is UNHCR spokesman in Geneva.

"The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, is in the Horn of Africa to show solidarity with displaced Somalis during Eid il-Fitr. Over the Eid period, UNHCR is airlifting 240 metric tons of aid from Saudi Arabia to Somalia. The assistance comprised dry goods and special Eid packages which are ready-to-eat meals, orange juice, sweets and biscuits."

Adrian Edwards also announced that UNHCR has received a $62 million donation from the IKEA Foundation to expand emergency relief for the thousands of people at the world's largest refugee complex in Dadaab, Kenya.

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