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By XINHUA

COLOMBO, Aug 14, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) — Sri Lankan police in the northern town of Vavuniya plan to prevent the internally displaced people from leaving government welfare camps, local media reported Friday.

Senior police officials in the region said that around 40 of the displaced people had been arrested for attempted escape. (more…)

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By IRIN

BAIDOA, 12 August 2009 (IRIN) – Isack Abdinor Satar, 80, remembers a green and lush Baidoa, in south-western Somalia, with waterfalls in areas that are now the town’s suburbs.

Over the years, population pressure, drought and changing weather patterns have caused most of these waterfalls and springs to dry up, totally changing the town’s vegetation cover and ushering in perennial water shortages.

“In my youth, water was really available any time, anywhere in town,” Satar said. “Water flowed in different directions from various sources but all these have now dried up. I think drought has seriously affected all water sources in Bay region.” (more…)

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By IRIN
KANO, 5 August 2009 (IRIN) – Most of the 4,000 Maiduguri residents in Borno state, northeastern Nigeria who fled last week’s violence to shelter in military and police barracks on the outskirts of town, have now returned home, according to the Nigerian Red Cross (NRC).

“Most of the IDPs [internally displaced people] have left the camps save for those whose homes were either burnt or looted after they had fled during the violence,” Adamu Abubakar, head of the Nigerian Red Cross in neighbouring Bauchi state, told IRIN.

Up to 4,000 residents of Maiduguri fled violence that broke out on 27 July between Nigerian security forces and the Boko Haram radical Islamic group, killing 780 people, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).  (more…)

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