Cloaked in rags and dust, Somalis flee looming famine


Mariam Ibrahim, her seven children and two neighbouring families were the last to leave their village in southwestern Somalia.

They loaded their combined belongings -- blankets, cooking pots, sleeping mats, jerry cans, clothes -- onto a hired donkey cart and walked beside it for 20 kilometres to Baidoa, the closest city.

"There is nobody left now," said the 28-year-old.

She joined thousands of others who are arriving in Baidoa each day, staggering from the parched countryside into the garrison city, cloaked in rags and dust.