Don’t hound out Dadaab refugees, make So­ma­lia safe

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

The de­ci­sion by the gov­ern­ment of Kenya to push for­ward the clo­sure of the Dadaab refugee by six months is commendable. There was an in­ter­na­tional outcry from the West­ern coun­tries and the UN refugee agency on the con­di­tions and safety of the So­mali refugees in So­ma­lia. Hound­ing the refugees out of the coun­try is against the pro­vi­sions of the 1951 Geneva Refugee Con­ven­tion, which Kenya is party to. There is an ob­vi­ous need to as­sess the con­di­tions of the coun­try of ori­gin be­fore repa­tri­at­ing refugees. So­ma­lia is cur­rently not safe. How­ever, this ex­ten­sion shouldn’t be an ex­cuse for the in­ter­na­tional NGOs to con­tinue tak­ing ad­van­tage of the refugees’ plight. We must speed up the So­mali peace process so that the So­ma­lis can go back and build their coun­try. They are liv­ing in very bad con­di­tions at Daadab de­spite run­ning a huge econ­omy. How about us­ing this econ­omy to build So­ma­lia?

MURI­ITHI CIIRA Karatina

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