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thousands Ethiopian refugees who have fled to Somalia
to escape Ethiopia’s
villagisation program are in danger of dying from disease. These 52,000 refugees are crowded in a small
camp in Somalia. With the upcoming rains, many fear that the
refugees will fall victim to cholera or other diseases. Ethiopians are already
said to be dying at a rate of 15 per day because of the conditions in the
camps. With the upcoming rains, it is
also likely that food supplies could be cut off to the camps.
But the Somali
government refuses to let the Ethiopians move any further from the border than
they already are. The Somali government
fears that by letting in the refugees, many more Ethiopians will follow.