Relief SCENE:Refugees
Fire Destroys Parts of IDP Camp In Galkayo
By YAHYA MOHAMED 03/14/2011
One person was killed and two others were injured when fire destroyed many make shift houses at densely populated IDP camp in northern Galkayo district, the capital of Mudug region, this afternoon.

The camp was home to hundreds of people who fled from the ongoing violence in Southern Somalia.

The fire is reported to have started from a traditional charcoal stove (Burjiko) that was used in one of the makeshifts houses, which are typically made from old rags and sticks. The fire later spread to the other structures used by the IDPS.

There were no firefighters to put out the fire and as a result many people lost what few possessions they had.

It is not the first time fire broke out in the camps of the displaced persons. Last month another camp in Bosaso was destroyed by fire.

The IDPs hardly receive assistance or service from the local authorities or from the non-governmental organizations. In addition, Al Shabaab banned many relief organizations from delivering desperately needed aid to areas under their control.

Both local and international humanitarian organizations do not recognize persons displaced by conflict within Somalia as 'refugees.'