Refugee calamity: Somalian children suffering malnutrition as camp grows 

WHAT: In what UNICEF calls “the most severe humanitarian emergency in the world,” one in 10 children of southern Somalia suffer life-threatening malnutrition. Thousands die along the drought-parched trek into Kenya, where the world’s largest refugee camp is located.

WHERE: Kenya’s Dadaab refugee complex crams more than 380,000 people into makeshift homes of sticks and tarps built for just 90,000. And 1,000 more are arriving each day, triggering fears the camp will run out of space, food, water and medicine.

WHAT’S BEING DONE: Al-Shabab, Somalia’s most dangerous al-Qaida-linked militia, banned aid groups from its territories since mid-2009. But things have gotten so desperate that al-Shabab finally dropped the ban this month and is letting aid supplies come in.

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