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Fact Sheet: World AIDS Day 2008

Many willing to risk return to war zone because of food and water shortages

Donna Canali spent three months working as a field coordinator with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Dagahaley camp near Dadaab, northern Kenya. More than 270,000 refugees who have fled war in Somalia live here, but they face such alarming shortages of food, water and adequate shelter that many are considering returning home to the Somali war zone. In this second of three extracts from her diary, Canali describes life as an aid worker in Dadaab.

Donna Canali spent three months working as a field coordinator with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Dagahaley camp near Dadaab, northern Kenya. More than 270,000 refugees who have fled war in Somalia live here, but they face such alarming shortages of food, water and adequate shelter that many are considering returning home to the Somali war zone. In this first of three extracts from her diary, Canali describes life as an aid worker in Dadaab.

Donna Canali spent three months working as a field coordinator with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Dagahaley camp near Dadaab, northern Kenya. More than 270,000 refugees who have fled war in Somalia live here, but they face such alarming shortages of food, water and adequate shelter that many are considering returning home to the Somali war zone. In this third and last of three extracts from her diary, Canali describes life as an aid worker in Dadaab.

In 2008, MSF welcomed support from 80,000 individual Canadians who contributed directly to our efforts to bring life-saving medical care to those in need. In our annual report for 2008, you will find information on MSF projects funded thanks to this generous support, through detailed descriptions of our programs as well as our audited financial statements. As well, our general director and president share some of MSF’s biggest challenges and accomplishments from the past year.

Four Somali refugees tell their story.

Many forced to construct makeshift shelters

Despite several aid agencies, including MSF, being ready to assist the more than four hundred daily new arrivals, negotiations for the opening of a new refugee camp in Kenya for Somalis continue to be blocked.

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