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July 06, 2011 | Garrett Bradford
The Horn of Africa is experiencing the worst drought in almost sixty years affecting ten million people. Somalia is one of the nations in the region hit hardest by the extreme lack of rain. It is also one of the poorest and most crisis-prone countries on the planet. Somalia is experiencing the driest season on record since the mid-20th century, resulting in widespread famine.
Tens of thousands of Somali refugees have sought asylum in cities in neighboring countries but have long been overlooked by humanitarian actors. Many of these refugees have found ways to survive in Nairobi, Djibouti, Aden, and Sana'a and have become self-reliant, but others suffer from police harassment, arbitrary arrest and detention, and forced return. Registration and documentation should be the foundation of refugee protection in cities. Partnerships with community-based organizations and ongoing refugee profiling is essential to identify and serve the most vulnerable.
"The sad truth is that as things stand
the humanitarian system faces the prospect of being completely overwhelmed."
James T. Morris
Executive Director, World Food Programme
At present, Djibouti is best known as the port of entry for food aid destined for Ethiopia, and the tiny country hosts one of the largest ongoing humanitarian operations in the world. Djibouti, like its larger neighbors, also suffers from a drought - and the response from donors to Djibouti's needs has not been adequate.