More than 314,000 Somalis currently live at three camps in the Dadaab area in northeast Kenya and a new residential site needs to be built to house refugees who are arriving daily, the High Commissioner and the heads of the World Food Programme and UN Women said in a joint e-mailed statement.
Most of southern and central Somalia has been controlled by the Islamist al-Shabaab militia since it began a campaign against the government in 2007, while President Sheikh Sharif’s transitional administration holds only parts of Mogadishu, the capital, backed by African Union peacekeepers. The U.S. accuses al-Shabaab of having links to al-Qaeda.
Somalia hasn’t had a functioning central administration since the ouster of former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991.
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