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13 Nov 2007 15:09:10 GMT
Source: Reuters
By Aweys Yusuf
MOGADISHU, Nov 13 (Reuters) - Somali government forces battling Islamist-led insurgents ordered two more radio stations off the air on Tuesday, as a U.N. envoy said the latest fighting made the country's humanitarian crisis the worst in Africa.
"WORST IN AFRICA" Nearly half-a-million civilians have been forced out of the city since February by repeated rounds of violence, and Abdallah said the country's humanitarian crisis was now "the worst in Africa", including Darfur. "It has been like that since the start of the year, and the fighting of recent days has only made it worse," he said. Nearly 90,000 of the recently uprooted have fled to Afgoye, a town on the southwestern outskirts of the capital. A UNHCR spokesman in Geneva said the needs in Afgoye were immense: "People can no longer find space for shelter around the town itself. Many families are simply living under trees."