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18 Oct 2010 description
report LA Times

Nearly 300,000 have fled war-torn Somalia, leaving behind livelihoods and lost loved ones for the grim, overcrowded refugee camps of Kenya.

13 May 2010 description
report LA Times

As Somali troops prepare to dislodge Islamic militants from Mogadishu, some soldiers have deserted. The task ahead will be difficult and will endanger a vulnerable population.

By Lutfi Sheriff Mohammed and Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times

May 13, 2010

Reporting from Mogadishu, Somalia, and Cairo

On streets and alleys whittled by gunfire, Col.

15 Feb 2010 description
report LA Times

Fleeing civil war and poverty, Somalis take rickety boats to Yemen, the poorest Arab country. Yemen officials say they have a 'moral obligation' to accept the refugees, many of whom don't make it.

By Haley Sweetland Edwards

February 15, 2010

Reporting from Mukalla, Yemen - Holding her baby above her head, Rihanna Mohammed tumbled out of a boat in rough seas and swam to the Yemeni shore.

"It is a wicked, wicked journey," said the refugee from Somalia, her feet wrinkled and yellowed, her face speckled white with sand.