Somali children from southern Somalia are given cooked food at a distribution center in Mogadishu, Somalia, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
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Thousands of malnourished Somali women and children are fleeing into Ethiopia to escape Islamist militants who are taxing them and seizing their food, animals and land, the United Nations said Friday, amid fears of renewed famine. Arrivals into Ethiopia's Dollo Ado camp from Somalia surged in January to more than 100 a day, said the U.N.'s refugee agency, UNHCR, the highest number seen in four years.The U.N. issued a pre-famine alert Thursday, with 6.2 million of Somalia's 10 million people needing emergency aid due to conflict and severe, prolonged drought.A lack of access to food aid was one of the main reasons 260,000 people died in Somalia's 2011 famine, also caused by drought and conflict.The U.N. is revising its projections for new arrivals in Ethiopia, which it predicted last year would be 10,000 refugees in the first four months of 2017 .
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