- - Wednesday, November 16, 2011

KENYA

Blast at refugee camp, Somali child deaths up

NAIROBI — An increasing number of children are being caught in attacks and crossfire across south and central Somalia, the U.N.’s children agency said Tuesday, as a land mine exploded at the world’s largest refugee camp in neighboring Kenya, wounding two people.

UNICEF said that 24 children were killed in conflict in Somalia in October, nearly double the confirmed child killings of every other month this year. UNICEF said 58 children also were confirmed to have been injured in October, the highest number this year.

UNICEF’s representative to Somalia, Sikander Khan, said the true numbers are likely to be even higher.

“Somali children’s lives are being put more and more in grave danger with the increasing conflict. In accordance with international law, we call on all parties to the conflict in Somalia to stop all killing, maiming, recruitment for armed services and rape of children,” Mr. Khan said.

Kenyan troops moved into Somalia to fight al-Shabab militants in mid-October, but UNICEF spokesman Jaya Murthy said the agency is not attributing the increased violence to a particular group.

The al Qaeda-linked al-Shabab militants claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in Mogadishu last month that killed more than 100 people.

UNICEF is one of the few international agencies that has access to southern Somalia, a region that is largely controlled by al-Shabab.

ZIMBABWE

207 typhoid cases treated amid heat wave

HARARE — Health authorities say 207 cases of typhoid are being treated in Zimbabwe’s capital after a prolonged spell of unusually hot weather amid acute water shortages.

Harare city council health director Dr. Prosper Chonzi said no deaths have occurred so far in the monthlong outbreak.

He said the disease will be difficult to contain in impoverished townships relying on water from shallow, makeshift wells and marshlands

Some haven’t had access to piped water for months - or even years - amid the country’s economic meltdown.

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