Cloaked in rags and dust, Somalis flee looming famine

Agence France Presse (AFP)
Baidoa, Somalia

A woman builds a shelter at a makeshift camp on the outskirts of Baidoa, in the southwestern Bay region of Somalia (AFP Photo/Tony Karumba)

Mariam Ibrahim, her seven children and two neighbouring families were the last to leave their village in southwestern Somalia.

They loaded their combined belongings — blankets, cooking pots, sleeping mats, jerry cans, clothes — onto a hired donkey cart and walked beside it for 20 kilometres (12 miles) to Baidoa, the closest city.

“There is nobody left now,” said the 28-year-old. She joined thousands of others who are arriving in Baidoa each day, staggering from the parched countryside into the garrison city, cloaked in rags and dust.

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