Earlier this year Alternative Medi4 reported on Kenya’s decision to deport all of the countries the inhabitants from their remaining refugee camps, of which there are literally hundreds of thousands of people involved in total.
Kenya is doing this because crime and terrorism have spiked in their country, and even though the country appreciates its reputation for being a world leader in humanitarian rights outreach, the burden has become to great for Kenya to bear any longer.
In May 2016 the Kenyan government announced it would close down the countries two largest refugee camps and deport its inhabitants by the end of this year – 2016.Now into November we are seeing international coverage about these deportations as they are happening.
On November 7th, Amnesty International announced an update regarding their trial against the Kenyan Government, reminding Kenya of its obligation to protect the rights of asylum seekers and refugees.
According to the reports, Amnesty International’s East Africa regional office deputy director Michelle Kagari said “The closure of Dadaab would be a disaster for the tens of thousands of refugees still living there who have nowhere else to go. Their repatriation back to Somalia is not voluntary – they are being forced to return when the conditions that forced them to flee in the first place have not improved.”
Going on to add, “We hope this court action will prompt the Kenyan authorities to reconsider their decision, and uphold their international obligations to protect refugees.”
Though the Kenyan Government will miss its November deadline, the country is actively deporting immigrants. This made international headlines today, 11/14/2015, after Kenya forced refugees back into the war torn country of Somalia – where tragically many of these refugees came from.
As described by Amnesty International’s latest report from the region, “Somalia has been ravaged by more than two decades of conflict. Fighting between government forces supported by African Union troops, and Al-Shabaab militants has resulted in gross human rights violations against civilians and devastated basic services and infrastructure.”
By Amnesty International’s estimation, “more than 260,000 Somali refugees” will be faced with “immense risks” as soon as they return to the War torn country – hundreds of thousands of lives are seriously at risk.
At the present moment in time many international humanitarian aid groups and human rights groups are partnering to do everything they can to improve the situation for all parties involved. Though their actions are admirable, they are just slowing the process down – not stopping it. As we move further along towards the end of the year, towards deadlines previously set, it appears Kenya’s government is remaining strong in their convictions about emptying these camps.
In the mean time, the remaining inhabitants of Dadaab refugee camp are currently organizing and appointing ambassador’s to speak with Kenyan officials in hopes of swaying their opinion. Though there have been many unintended consequences and harmful effects suffered by the people of Kenya as a result of all of their charitable efforts towards refugees, Kenya as a country has literally improved the lives of 100’s of thousands of people at the same exact time.
People want to remind Kenya about all the good things their humanitarian efforts have done for people, instead of focusing on the negative.
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