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Children die as drought plagues Somalia

The pictures are heart wrenching. Malnourished children are dying in refugee camps as their parents watch helplessly. It's being called the "worst humanitarian disaster in the world," the UN's refugee agency chief Antonio Guterres said.

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Men prepare the body of Aden Ibrahim for burial in accordance with Somali tradition, inside the makeshift shelter where Aden's family lives amongst other newly-arrived Somali refugees, on the outskirts of Ifo II Camp, outside Dadaab, Kenya, on Tuesday, July 12.

Some children are dying on the arduous journey to refugee camps.

Until today, Al-Shabaab, a group of Islamist insurgents fighting to overthrow the Somali government,  has blocked the delivery of aid and supplies.

Droves of Somalis are walking into refugee camps, seeking shelter, food and help from the extreme drought Jonathan Rugman, Channel 4 News Europe reports on the extent of suffering in Mogadishu. A warning, this video contains disturbing images.

Rebecca Blackwell / AP

Osman Ali Aliyow Mursal digs a burial plot among other graves for his four-year-old son, Aden Ibrahim, as men prepare to pray over the boy's body, wrapped in a plastic mat, on the outskirts of Ifo II Camp, outside Dadaab, Kenya, on Tuesday, July 12. Doctors were unable to save Aden, who died of diarrhea-related dehydration after four days of inpatient care. U.N. Refugee Chief Antonio Guterres said Sunday that drought-ridden Somalia is the "worst humanitarian disaster" in the world, after meeting with refugees who endured unspeakable hardship to reach the world's largest refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya. People die here every day, though no one can provide a reliable estimate of the drought deaths.

 See more images of the crisis in Eastern Africa in our slideshow.