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On My Way To Dadaab

August 14, 2011

I’m travelling to the world’s largest refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya this week to film a story for the BBC with world affairs correspondent, Mike Wooldridge.
We’ll be looking at how the millions of pounds donated by the British public is being spent on the ground to help those affected by the region’s worst drought in 60 years.
Oxfam will be hosting us while we are out there. The British based charity is receiving funding for some of its projects in the region from the UK’s Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC). It unites the 14 leading UK aid agencies in their efforts to finance relief for people suffering major disasters in poorer countries. To date the DEC has raised nearly £50 million under the so called East Africa crisis appeal.
But how is all this money being spent on the ground and is it really the most affective way of dealing with the crisis? These are some of the questions we are hoping to answer while we are out there.  I’ll post some pictures from Dadaab if I can get online while I am there, otherwise I will do so when I return next week.  Click here to see the BBC’s web page with the latest news on the humanitarian crisis affecting East Africa.

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