Somalis fleeing drought and insecurity now face flooding in refugee camps

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The number of Somali refugees at the Adollo Ado camp in southern Ethiopia has now reached 150,000, according to the UN refugee agency,  UNHCR.

The camp is receiving up to 450 refugees on a weekly basis as insecurity continues to push more Somalis across the border.

In the meantime UNHCR says refugee camps in both Kenya and Ethiopia have been hit hard by heavy rains which have caused extensive flooding and damaged roads and hundreds of temporary shelters.

Adrian Edwards from UNHCR says delivery of aid to the refugees has been severely disrupted by the heavy rains.

"In recent weeks, Dollo Ado in southern Ethiopia has been receiving a weekly average of 450 new Somali refugees. More than 8,500 have been registered so far this year, pushing the refugee population in the area's five camps past the 150,000 mark. New arrivals continue to cite insecurity inside Somalia as their reason for flight. In a new development, some refugees say they fled in fear of possible forced recruitment or military conscription. Others cite fear of potential revenge killings in the wake of renewed fighting. These circumstances, combined with last year’s famine in Somalia, eroded many people's traditional coping mechanisms and forced them to seek asylum across the border."

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