ReliefWeb » Document » Somalia: Thousands stranded near the Kenyan border

NAIROBI, 6 October 2009 (IRIN) – At least 5,000 conflict- and drought-displaced Somalis are facing an uncertain future in Bulo Hawo, a town controlled by Al-Shabab on the border with Kenya, locals told IRIN on 6 October.”There are about 900 families [5,400 people], mostly in a makeshift camp in no-man’s land on the outskirts of town, hoping to cross into Kenya,” said Ugas Mohamed Sheikh Ahmed, a senior elder in Bulo Hawo.He said most of these families had fled the violence in Mogadishu while others had been displaced by drought.The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR Kenya) told IRIN: “Although we are not present in Mandera [on the Kenyan side of the border], we are in touch with authorities there. Most refugees are, however, entering Kenya through Liboi [to reach the Dadaab camp, 590km southwest of Bulo Hawo].”

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