Don’t hound out Dadaab refugees, make Somalia safe
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