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Somali families on the move as violence persists in the capital

Hundreds of Somalians have left their homes after three days of non-stop fighting between government troops and Islamist insurgents in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, IRIN reports.

According to the publication, many families fled their homes after the fighting broke out. Many left so quickly that they didn't have time to collect food, water or other basic necessities.

"We don’t have exact numbers but hundreds of families are on the move, particularly from Heliwa, Suuqa Xolaha, Karan [north Mogadishu] and Dayniile [northwest Mogadishu]," Abdullahi Shirwa, head of Somalia's National Disaster Management Agency, told the news outlet. "There are some who are in areas where there is little or no water and access is not easy."

Some of the displaced have traveled to Afgoye Corridor, west of Mogadishu, where others are currently taking shelter in makeshift camps. Many people went there because it is close to their homes, which they hope to return to over the next few weeks.

To accommodate the new arrivals, humanitarian groups have been providing water and food for those entering the camps. Medical aid is currently lacking in the area as the SOS Mogadishu hospital has been closed for the first time in 20 years because of the violence in the area.
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