HOST REFUGEES, KENYA TOLD
Kenya should end its “dogged determination” to close the Dadaab refugee camps and instead help refugees integrate into local communities, Amnesty International has said. Muthoni Wanyeki, Amnesty’s regional director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, yesterday said, “Thousands of refugees remain at risk of forced repatriation to a war-torn country where they are at risk of death or injury in the ongoing conflict.” In May, the government said it will close the camps by November 30, citing terror threats, the economic burden and lack of global support to host the more than 300,000 refugees. On Wednesday, it said it will extend the closure of the camps by six months. Wanyeki urged the international community to share the refugee burden by providing more resettlement places. On Tuesday, Amnesty released a report detailing “evidence” that refugees at the world’s largest camp are being coerced to leave. But Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery denied Kenya is bullying refugees into returning to Somalia, saying the process is “humane, safe and dignified”.