Saturday, June 6

East Africa Roundup

-- Now doesn't this just warm the heart? From Reuters:
Some refugees in Sudan's war-torn Darfur region have named their children "Okambo" as a tribute to the International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo, actress Mia Farrow said on Friday.

"I've met at least 100 babies named Ocampo," Farrow, a U.N. goodwill ambassador, told reporters following a U.N. Security Council meeting on Darfur. "They spell it Okambo. ... So the name has been Africanized."

-- More fighting, and more displacement, in Somalia. From Reuters:
Rival Islamist groups battled for a central Somali town on Friday, leaving at least 56 militants dead, while the number of new refugees from a month of fighting in the capital, Mogadishu, approached 100,000.
-- And for those who make it across the border to Kenya, the situation isn't great either. From Human Rights Watch:
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced four months ago that Prime Minister Raila Odinga of Kenya had made a commitment to provide land to help relieve congestion in three chronically overcrowded camps near Dadaab in northeastern Kenya. But the Kenyan government has yet to make any land available. This has left tens of thousands of refugees fleeing Somalia's ongoing armed conflict with no option but to squeeze into the bursting camps - built for 90,000 refugees but now sheltering 275,000 - on other refugees' tiny plots of land.
--But maybe this will help. Ross Kemp is hosting a special on Somali pirates on British TV. From the Times:
On board HMS Northumberland, hours of waiting are punctuated by a spate of distress calls. It is Kemp’s best performance to date.
Kemp, of course is the "bloke-ish actor who has carved out a career playing himself", mostly in things I've never seen or heard of, with one important exception.

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