A UN official in Mogadishu says Somalia now constitutes the worst humanitarian crisis in Africa - worse than Darfur.
An estimated 173,000 people have fled fighting in Mogadishu in just the past two weeks alone, bringing the total number of displaced people in the country to 850,000.
Not only are refugees overwhelming areas outside Mogadishu, wounded civilians are flooding local hospitals.
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