ADC Expresses Concern Over Devastating Drought in Somalia and Surrounding Countries


Washington, DC | | July 18, 2011 - The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) joins Somali-Americans and the international community in expressing concern over what UNHCR has called the “worst humanitarian disaster” in the world.

Hundreds of thousands of refugees from Somalia, Ethiopia, and parts of Kenya are fleeing the region’s most severe drought in years. The vast majority of these refugees are fleeing to the world’s largest refugee camp: the Dadaab refugee camp in northeast Kenya, which already has an estimated 400,000 inhabitants, with approximately 1,300 new refugees arriving every day. Most of the arrivals are women and young children, many of whom are suffering from severe malnutrition and sun exposure, after having wandered for days in search of water, food