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Mental health in Somalia

  • Rebecca J. Syed Sheriff (a1), Massimiliano Reggi (a2), Abdirizak Mohamed (a3), Farhan Haibe (a3), Susannah Whitwell (a4) and Rachel Jenkins (a5)...

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Somalia, in the Horn of Africa, suffers violence, political instability and high mortality rates. The recent major drought in Somalia led to what was termed the worst humanitarian disaster in the world. In July 2011 it was reported that nearly 60 000 people had entered into Kenya from Somalia already that year, including 1300 new arrivals every day to the Dadaab refugee camp, described as ‘the largest, most congested and one of the most remote refugee camps in the world’ (see http://www.unhcr.org/4e204b1e9.html). The drought along with mass migration into such poor conditions are likely to have significant short- and long-term mental health consequences for the populations involved.

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Mental health in Somalia

  • Rebecca J. Syed Sheriff (a1), Massimiliano Reggi (a2), Abdirizak Mohamed (a3), Farhan Haibe (a3), Susannah Whitwell (a4) and Rachel Jenkins (a5)...
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