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NGO warns Somalia crisis set to continue

NGO warns Somalia crisis set to continue
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Medecins Sans Frontieres on Thursday warned there will be no let-up in the Somali refugee crisis until the famine-hit country’s rainy season in November.

Tens of thousands have flocked to Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camp, the world’s largest.

“In the next few months, up to November at least, if not more, we expect more and more patients to come,” Mohamed Gedi, director of MSF’s hospital in Dadaab’s Dagahaley settlement, told Reuters at the clinic.

There was fighting in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Thursday as African Union peacekeepers moved to protect aid agencies from attacks by Islamist militants.

The UN estimates 100,000 people have arrived in the city in search of food and water over the past eight weeks

The Al-Shabab group controls large parts of central and southern Somalia. It has opposed foreign assistance amid fears it could undermine their influence in the region.

Somalia has been mired in conflict since the 1991 overthrow of President Mohamed Siad Barre.