ADC Expresses Concern Over Devastating Drought in Somalia and Surrounding Countries

 

Washington, DC | www.adc.org | 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, and shelter.

The international community has responded with significant contributions of humanitarian aid. The International Committee of the Red Cross has partnered with the Somali Red Crescent Society to set up 39 clinics and 18 feeding centers to battle the staggering levels of malnutrition in drought-affected areas.

ADC commends the U.S. Government for already contributing over $68 million dollars to help alleviate this humanitarian catastrophe. ADC asks that the U.S. Government persists in its efforts in the region as refugee and death toll numbers swell.

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NOTE TO EDITORS: The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee  (ADC), which is non-profit, non-sectarian and non-partisan, is the  largest grassroots Arab-American civil rights and civil liberties  organization in the United States. It was founded in 1980 by former  Senator James Abourezk. ADC has a national network of chapters and  members in all 50 states.