Somali refugees battle conflict, bad weather

Somali refugees queue at a reception centre in Kenya. UNHCR is concerned about fresh violence in Somalia.

Continuing conflict and heavy rain in Somalia are worsening the humanitarian situation in the country.

The UN Refugee Agency or UNHCR, says, as a result, fewer refugees are crossing into Kenya, which borders Somalia.

Hundreds of thousands of Somalis have already left for neighboring countries, after the UN declared famine in the Horn of Africa in July this year.

Refugees have also been fleeing Somalia over reports of military clashes in the areas, as well as over pressure by Al Shabaab, a militant group that controls large parts of the country, to return to their homes.

UNHCR's Adrian Edwards has more

"Last weekend, six trucks containing almost 180 displaced people from Afgooye district, the majority from the K50 IDP camp, arrived in Dobley after traveling for 27 days on flooded roads. They said that they had been instructed by Al Shabaab to return to their farms but opted instead to travel to Dobley in search of humanitarian help."

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