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EU to provide EUR 5.67m in aid to Dadaab camp

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(BRUSSELS) - The European Union executive on Wednesday announced an immediate 5.67 million euros ($8.1 million) of aid to help alleviate the plight of Horn of Africa drought victims streaming into the Dadaab camp in Kenya.

The aid brought to almost 70 million euros the bloc's contribution to assistance after the worst drought in 60 years affecting parts of Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Djibouti.

Dadaab, the world's largest refugee camp, has seen an influx of 61,000 Somalis since the beginning of the year, 20,000 of them in the last two weeks. The refugee population there currently stands at 380,000.

"Dadaab is just the starkest reminder that the spectre of hunger has returned to Africa," said aid commissioner Kristalina Georgieva.

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