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In Pictures: Somali refugees arrive in Dadaab
The refugee camp in Kenya has become the world's largest, hosting some 350,000 Somalis fleeing drought.
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2011 16:30

Hundreds of thousands of refugees are fleeing lands in Somalia due to severe drought and arriving in what has become the world's largest refugee camp. The Dadaab refugee camp, just over the border in Kenya, was initially setup to host some 90,000 refugees fleeing Somalia's ongoing civil war in March, 2009. Today, the number of refugees is estimated at over 350,000 with thousands more expected in the coming weeks. UN refugee agency chief Antonion Guterres called the plight of Somali refugees "the worst humanitarian tragedy" in the world today. 

1) Somali refugees sit on the ground outside a registration and food distribution point in the Dadaab refugee camp in northeastern Kenya [Roberto Schmidt/AFP]

 

2) A Somali girl waits for other refugees to fill up a bus that will take them to a facility where they will be given a refugee card that will entitle them to receive food rations on a regular basis [Roberto Schmidt/AFP]

 

3) Abdulkhader (C), a Somali refugee who arrived at the Dadaab camp six days ago with his wife and seven children, complains to guards about not having any access to emergency food aid outside a registration and food distribution center [Roberto Schmidt/AFP]

 

4) A group of refugees are battered by dusty wind while waiting in line outside a registration and food distribution point in Dadaab [Roberto Schmidt/AFP]

 

5) Refugees stand outside a registration and food distribution point in Dadaab [Roberto Schmidt/AFP]

 

6) A young Somali girl stands in line among adults outside a food distribution point [Roberto Schmidt/AFP]

 

7) A Somali refugee carries his son as he hurries to join a new line outside a registration and food distribution point [Roberto Schmidt/AFP]

 

8) Two refugees walk in the wind-swept dusty plains of northern Kenya in the Dadaab refugee camp [Roberto Schmidt/AFP]

 

9) Somali men wait in line outside a registration and food distribution point [Roberto Schmidt/AFP]

 

10) Somali refugees wait in line outside a registration and food distribution in Dadaab [Roberto Schmidt/AFP]

 

11) Officials process newly arrived Somali refugees through a database at a registration point [Roberto Schmidt/AFP]

 

12) Child refugees receive their vaccination certificates after they were immunised during a medical screening [Roberto Schmidt/AFP]

 

13) Seven-year-old Fartun Hassan smiles shyly after hanging a cloth she had just washed on a tree at a Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) hospital in Dadaab [Roberto Schmidt/AFP]

 

14) Abshira Abdukadir, a four-year-old Somali girl suffering from severe diarrhea and having trouble breathing, is looked after by a Medecins Sans Frontieres doctor hours after they finally reached Dadaab [Roberto Schmidt/AFP]

 

15) Newly arrived Somali refugees watch a woman who was finally able to get an emergency food ration in Dadaab [Roberto Schmidt/AFP]

 

16) Four-year-old Bashir Hassan (R) hangs his head on his hands as he and other members of his family wait behind a fence in the hope of being allowed to board a bus that transports newly arrived refugees to a facility where they are officially registered which entitles them to receive food rations on a regular basis in Dadaab [Roberto Schmidt/AFP]
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