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UN calls for more aid to save drought victims

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UN calls for more aid to save drought victims
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Aid is arriving in Kenya as fast as possible but still it is not enough to help the millions struggling to survive the worst drought in decades in the Horn of Africa.

While both Germany and the UK are among several countries to increase their donations, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees spokesman, Ron Redmond is calling for more.

“ We have got to get more accommodation for refugees in these camps as you know between Ethiopia and Kenya we are receiving about 3,000 refugees a day.”

Drought is now affecting 11 million people in Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya and Somalia and has increased the risk of the spread of diseases especially polio, cholera and measles.

Children are particularly vulnerable, malnourished and weak so they are unable to fight infection.

Some are dying along the way or soon after arriving in overcrowded refugee camps.