Somalia conference on refugees and future of country

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Daadab refugee camp

World leaders are set to meet in London this week to chart out the future of Somalia, which has over the past 20 years seen a bloody internal conflict and displacement of millions.

 The United Nations Refugee agency (UNHCR) estimates that over three million Somalis have been displaced as a result of the internal conflict, drought and famine. More than half a million of them are in neighbouring Kenya, with  the majority living in the Dadaab refugee camp. That camp designed to host 90,000 refugees, but now has over 463,000.

Andrej Mahecic from UNHCR says insecurity including threats and kidnapping of aid workers, overcrowding, risk of disease and seasonal flooding makes the situation in Dadaab extremely challenging.

"We are renewing our appeal to the international community to ensure continued support to the approximately 1 million Somali refugees in the region, and to Kenya and the other countries that are hosting them. A third of this refugee population left Somalia in 2011 in the face of crippling conditions of drought, famine, and violence. The 20 years that have passed also underline the need for peace in Somalia, an end to the violence there, and the possibility of refugees being able to return home. UNHCR hopes that deliberations during the London Somalia Conference, which starts on February 23, will act as a catalyst for a permanent solution to the perennial issue of the Somali situation"

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