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People fighting for food - Arjen Westra's weblog from Nairobi
Politics, 17 Nov 2006


Arjen is freelance Africa journalist, traveling the continent and publishing stories in Dutch and Belgium based newspapers and magazines since 2002. On this place, you can read about his where abouts on the African continent.
 
[from his blog]

17th Nov. 2006:
The past week, I visited the Nairobi informal settlement Mathare where thousands of people had to flee their homes.
I am just back from refugee camp Dadaab in North Eastern part of Kenya where at least tens of thousands of Somali refugees were chased from their homes, due to heavy rains and floods. Some of them were new arrivals fleeing from Somalia because they fear insecurity: some of them have to wait six months until they are recognized as a refugee. The only shelter people had was a small blanket, and small construction made out of branches from shrubs. ‘No big news’, international media houses would say, because this is how it works. We need ‘big numbers’ Twice this week, I saw people fight for food: a small box of BP5 biscuits, a small box of UHT Milk. Meanwhile rain was pouring down, adding some drama. In Dadaab, children were swimming in the mud pools, playing ball games, laughing, really enjoying, as if they were on a summer holiday. White 4WD cars of NGO’s and UN passing by.
 
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