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Untitled Document 13 Million Homeless Africans

Prensa Latina
Luanda, Aug 7 (Prensa Latina) More than 13 million Africans have been displaced from home due to wars, hunger and poverty, the African Refugee Council reported Monday.

In statements to Prensa Latina in Luanda, Angola, ARC Vice President Ibrahim Simao said this sad reality is one understood only by those who experience such desperation.

Simao, who is on a working visit to Angola, pointed out that 13.8 million people were displaced in the African continent last year, accounting for an increase of more than five million compared to 2003, when 12.5 million were displaced.

He noted that according to ARC and UN statistics, the number of displaced Africans is similar to those displaced in the entire rest of the world.

The armed conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Rwanda, Sierra Leona, the Central African Republic and Ivory Coast, among other countries, have led millions of people to leave their homes.

Another cause of the exodus are the natural disasters that have hit those regions, including floods in Mozambique and Ethiopia, and drought in Somalia, Kenya and some areas of Sudan.

The ARC official referred to the floods that hit Somalia two days ago, where more than 120 people were killed by torrential rain in the city of Dire Dawa, in the eastern part of the country.

The floods have caused more than 15,000 people to leave their homes for safer areas, where they lack food and economic resources, he noted.

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