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Catholic Agencies Provide Relief to Horn of Africa

Roney Mohammed Ali, 24, a newly arrived Somali refugee, ties her baby on her back in the Dadaab refugee camp in northeastern Kenya 21 July. She is one of tens of thousands of newly arrived Somalis who have swelled the population of what was already the world’s largest refugee camp. (photo: CNS/Paul Jeffrey) 

Meanwhile, a consortium of Somali nongovernment organizations urged the international community to act swiftly to avert a deepening of the country’s crisis. Representing 78 agencies, the consortium said that that the situation is not expected to improve until January 2012.

Mary Robinson, honorary president of Oxfam International who recently visited the Horn of Africa, called for a radical shake-up of the international aid system in order to break the cycle that leaves the poorest and most vulnerable people limping from one crisis to the next.

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