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Somali Refugees Face Harsh, Uncertain Fate in Ethiopian Camps

The flow of refugees from famine-stricken Somalia into Ethiopia has slowed in recent weeks, but new arrivals are in worse shape than those who arrived months ago.

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Dollo Ado, an Ethiopian border town of 30,000 permanent residents, is hosting an additional 120,000 refugees from Somalia. VOA - P. Heinlein
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Dollo Ado, an Ethiopian border town of 30,000 permanent residents, is hosting an additional 120,000 refugees from Somalia. VOA - P. Heinlein

A girl warms some food on a makeshift fire shortly after arrival at the Dollo Ado refugee reception center. VOA - P. Heinlein
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A girl warms some food on a makeshift fire shortly after arrival at the Dollo Ado refugee reception center. VOA - P. Heinlein

New arrivals rest in the shade at the Dollo Ado reception center after their long journey from Somalia. VOA - P. Heinlein
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New arrivals rest in the shade at the Dollo Ado reception center after their long journey from Somalia. VOA - P. Heinlein

Boys sometimes dress as girls on the journey to avoid being taken and pressed into service at checkpoint set up by Islamic extremist groups that control much of southern Somalia. VOA - P. Heinlein
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Boys sometimes dress as girls on the journey to avoid being taken and pressed into service at checkpoint set up by Islamic extremist groups that control much of southern Somalia. VOA - P. Heinlein

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