Angelina Jolie Visits Somali Refugees for UNHCR 12 Sep
Angelina Jolie visits 'one of the most dire' refugee camps at Kenyan Somali border. Press Releases, 12 September 2009 Dadaab, Kenya UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie visited Dadaab, the world's largest refugee camp situated on the Kenya-Somali border on Saturday. Describing the camp as 'one of the most dire' she had seen, Jolie concluded her visit by asking "if this is the better solution, then what must it be like in Somalia?" During her day-long visit, Jolie visited one of the three camps that together host around 285000 refugees. She met a number of families including a mother just arrived in the camp, after walking for days with her three young children to flee war-torn Somalia. Jolie witnessed the daily reality of life in Dadaab at a water collection point where women and young children regularly queue for hours each day at water taps that are switched off for hours on end. After visiting a number of shelters she said "the toilets are already overflowing. There is not even enough space for trash dumps so people are living amongst the garbage." Jolie arrived in the camp well informed on the critical situation arising from the lack of space and water. She heard about the outbreak of cholera earlier in the year from UNHCR staff and noted that "with up to 7000 refugees arriving from Somalia each month and rain on the horizon, they say it will be hard to contain the next outbreak." Jolie also met with families who have been living in the camp for many years and who <b>...</b>
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