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24 August 2011

Somali Refugees en Route to South Africa

Dimakatso Mokwena

Somalia is facing what has been termed by Al Jazeera as ‘the largest humanitarian crisis in decades’. A reported 500 starving families were arriving daily in Mogadishu between 15 June and 15 July 2011. This famine has once again placed the Somali crisis on the international security agenda. What remains unspoken is the extent to which South Africa (SA) has been impacted domestically by the Somali crisis. Over the past few months the country has seen a substantive increase in the number of refugees from the Horn of Africa.

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Dimakatso Mokwena