Increasing insecurity, hyperinflation and lack of adequate food have exacerbated conditions for thousands of displaced families living in the southern Somali port city of Kismayo, 500 km from Mogadishu, civil society sources said. “There are an estimated 35,000 IDPs in the city and they are living in very precarious conditions,” Mohamed Adan Dheel, a civil society activist, told IRIN. Thousands of Somali refugees are still flowing into Kenya despite the formal closure of their shared border, officials said on June 18. Kenya closed the border in January 2007 to block fleeing fighters after Somali and Ethiopian government troops ousted Islamists who had ruled Mogadishu and swathes of southern Somalia for six months. (IRIN, Reuters)

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