The bloody conflict in Somalia has created the world's largest refugee camp, with 500 refugees pouring into the Dadaab facility in neighboring Kenya every day, the United Nations refugee agency said.
Dadaab, 50 miles from the Somali border, is home to more than 280,000 refugees in a camp meant to hold 90,000.
The U.N. refugee agency has registered nearly 38,000 new arrivals since the beginning of the year, said William Spindler, a spokesman for the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. The vast majority of them are fleeing violence and poverty in Somalia as Islamic insurgents try to topple the government.
Since May 7, the fighting in Somalia has killed at least 225 people and displaced nearly 170,000 from their homes in the capital, Mogadishu.