[QODLink]
Inside Story

Somali refugees: threat or victims?

Kenya orders refugees off the streets to stop attacks by armed groups from Somalia.

Last updated: 26 Mar 2014 18:52
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

Tens of thousands of Somali refugees in Kenya are being forced to return to remote and overcrowded camps. They are being threatened with prosecution if they don't and Kenyans are being encouraged to report those who refuse.

The Kenyan government says it is to help prevent attacks by armed groups opposed to Kenya's intervention in Somalia.

Al-Shabab in Somalia said it was behind the Westgate Mall siege in Nairobi in September in which 67 people were killed, and on Sunday gunmen killed six people at a church near the coastal city of Mombasa.

Al-Shabab has threatened more attacks if Kenyan troops do not withdraw from Somalia, where they form part of an African Union peacekeeping force.

Rights groups have described Kenya's directive as a 'dangerous precedent' that could endanger millions worldwide.

Presenter Dareen Abughaida

Guests: Mohammed Adow - Al Jazeera correspondent and a Kenyan-Somali journalist

Mark Yarnell - a senior advocate at Refugees International

Andrew Asamoah - a senior researcher at the Institute for Security Studies

167

Source:
Al Jazeera
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Israel's Operation Protective Edge is the third major offensive on the Gaza Strip in six years.
Muslims and Arabs in the US say they face discrimination in many areas of life, 13 years after the 9/11 attacks.
At one UN site alone, approximately four children below the age of five are dying each day.
Featured
The world's newest professional sport comes from an unlikely source: video games.
The group's takeover of farms in Qaraqosh, 30km from Mosul, has caused fear among residents, and a jump in food prices.
Protests and online activism in recent months have brought a resurgence of ethnic Oromo nationalism in Ethiopia.
Chemotherapy is big business, but some US doctors say it could be overused and are pushing for cheaper and better care.
Amid vote audit and horse-trading, politicians of all hues agree a compromise is needed to avoid political instability.
join our mailing list