China do­nates tents for So­mali refugees

China Daily (Canada) - - TOP NEWS - By XIN­HUA in Mom­basa, Kenya

The Kenyan gov­ern­ment re­ceived a do­na­tion on Tues­day of 5,800 tents from China in a bid to im­prove the liv­ing con­di­tions of So­mali refugees in the coun­try.

Kenyan In­te­rior Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary Monica Juma ex­pressed ap­pre­ci­a­tion for China’s sup­port for So­mali refugees in Kenya dur­ing a cer­e­mony in Mom­basa.

She also ap­pealed for more sup­port from other donors, as “the is­sue of refugees is and should be a shared re­spon­si­bil­ity among the com­mu­nity of na­tions”.

Chi­nese Am­bas­sador to Kenya Liu Xianfa said the do­na­tion not only re­flects China’s strong sup­port for the eco­nomic and so­cial de­vel­op­ment of Kenya, but also demon­strates the pro­found friend­ship be­tween the peo­ple of the two coun­tries.

The project came af­ter Premier Li Ke­qiang’s visit to Kenya in May last year. The premier made a prom­ise to pro­vide as­sis­tance for the So­mali refugees in Kenya at the re­quest of Kenyan Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta.

“We are very pleased to be here to wit­ness that the com­mit­ment made by the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment has been hon­ored,” Liu said. “We hope this hu­man­i­tar­ian aid can im­prove the refugees’ liv­ing con­di­tions and pro­mote Kenya’s se­cu­rity as well.”

He added that over the past few decades, un­der the frame­work of South-South co­op­er­a­tion, China has pro­vided dozens of no-strings-at­tached eco­nomic aid to Kenya.

More than 5,000 So­mali refugees have left Kenya vol­un­tar­ily over the past two years from the Dadaab refugee camp, ac­cord­ing to the UN High Com­mis­sioner for Refugees.

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