Kenya deports Somali refugees

Kenya says it will not provide shelter to those fleeing the fighting in Somalia.

    Ethiopian and Somali government troops are in the pursuit of Islamic courts fighters [AFP]

    The UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs said on Tuesday that about 4,000 Somalis were stranded in the Somali town of Dhobley waiting to cross into Kenya.

     

    The Kenyan government also blocked the Kenya Red Cross Society from entering the refugee reception centre in Liboi, about 550km northeast of the capital, where about 360 refugees were staying, UN officials said.

      

    "We are certainly disturbed by reports we are getting that people seeking asylum are being sent back because this amounts to  contravention of the international humanitarian law," said Millicent  Mutuli, the spokeswoman for UN refugee agency (UNHCR).

     

    The refugees had been fleeing fighting in Somalia, where government troops backed by Ethiopian forces are in the pursuit of vanquished Islamic courts fighters.

     

    Kenya already hosts at least 160,000 refugees who fled fighting in more than 15 years of unrest in Somalia.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    How different voting systems work around the world

    How different voting systems work around the world

    Nearly two billion voters in 52 countries around the world will head to the polls this year to elect their leaders.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    The peace games: Dreaming big for South Sudan's youth

    The peace games: Dreaming big for South Sudan's youth

    A relatively new independence and fresh waves of conflict inspire a South Sudanese refugee to build antiwar video games.