UN refugee agency calls for protection of Somalis ordered to leave Kenya

Somali refugees at a camp in north-eastern Kenya.

5 November 2010 – With concern growing over the fate of more than 8,000 Somalis ordered out of northern Kenya, the UN refugee agency today reiterated its appeal for Somalis to receive international protection.

Earlier this week, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) had called upon the Kenyan government to immediately halt the return of Somalis from a border camp in the Mandera area, in the country’s north-east. The Somalis had been at the camp since 17 October and were mainly women, children and the elderly – they had fled there to escape fighting between Al-Shabaab and Ahlu Sunna Wal Janaa forces in the Somali town of Bulla Hawa.



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