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Loading starts in Mombasa, Kenya as UNICEF prepares shipment of emergency food for famine-affected children in the Somali capital of Mogadishu. Almost half of Somalia is in dire need of food aid.
Loading started in Kenya's port city of Mombasa on Monday as the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) prepared an emergency food delivery for starving children in the Somali capital of Mogadishu.
The shipment was being loaded as aid groups warned of a growing influx of hungry families from the famine-hit south of the country.
Some 3.7 million Somalis -- almost half of the population -- are going hungry after drought affected some 11.6 million people across what local media have dubbed a "triangle of death" straddling Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia.
The shipment is not the first one into Mogadishu and shipping agencies say they will be transporting food aid every 15 days.
But there are concerns that the aid shipments are still not enough to feed the hungry flooding into Mogadishu.
The U.N.'s refugee agency (UNHCR) says there are about 400 thousand displaced people in Mogadishu, with about 1,000 new arrivals each day.
An estimated 100 thousand internally displaced people have arrived in the city over the last two months.
Aid agencies say they cannot reach more than two million Somalis facing starvation in the parts of the country where Islamist militants control much of the worst-hit areas.