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As NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports, Somalis continue to stream across the border into Kenya, seeking security, shelter and food.
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OFEIBEA QUIST: This is Ifo-2 Camp here at Dadaab refugee settlement in northern Kenya, hours before time to break the Ramadan fast. It's hotter, drier and dustier than ever, sweltering heat, but here, dozens of women and young girls have gathered outside the Turkish refugee assistance.
HAWA ABDI: (Foreign language spoken)
QUIST: Hawa Abdi is from southern Somalia, a part of the country where famine has been declared by the U.N. She says she's been a refugee here at Dadaab Camp for the past six months. An evening meal of rice, meat and vegetables is being handed out to break the Muslim fast.
ABUBAKAR MOHAMED MAHMOOD: I can say primarily that what is driving them out of Somalia today is the famine and the drought, because the only way to save life is to come and present yourself where assistance can be offered.
QUIST: Abubakar Mohamed Mahmood, a Somali-Kenyan who has worked in the camp settlement for the past 20 years, says more and more Somalis are fleeing into Kenya.
MOHAMED MAHMOOD: They had a coping mechanism of how to live with conflict, insecurity and chaos and violence. But now, after the rains have failed for the last three years, the pastoralists have lost their animals; the farmers cannot farm any longer; and now they have been rendered extremely poor.
QUIST: Nur Bule Ali is here with his wife, two sons and a daughter.
NUR BULE ALI: (Through Translator) I came from Mogadishu because of insecurity and war. I ran away at night. Life is better here in Kenya. Yeah, because of shelter and peace.
QUIST: Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, NPR News, Dadaab, northern Kenya.
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