Hundreds of Somali refugees return home daily

December 31, 2012

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Hundreds of Somali refugees living in Kenya's urban areas are heading home after the Kenyan government earlier this month ordered their repatriation or relocation to refugee camps, UN-funded Radio Bar-Kulan reported Monday (December 31st).

At least 400 Somalis head to Mogadishu from Nairobi airports daily, said Somali Ambassador to Kenya Mohamed Ali Nur.

Mohamed Bare Mahamud of Africa Crown World Travel estimated that 9,000 people left Kenya for Somalia over the past two weeks.

An unknown number of Somalis returning home used ground transportation. Some people also crossed over into Uganda or Tanzania, while those who hold foreign passports went to their second countries.

The Kenyan government has blamed refugees for recent insecurity in Nairobi. But the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees cautioned against stigmatising the population, saying negativity towards refugees and discontinuing services in urban areas will not alleviate the problem.

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  • cabdisalaam gaadh haye
    January 1, 2013 @ 02:34:04AM

    Somalia is endowed with many resources but this has been forgotten by the people of Somalia. The have been affected by a bad disease known as tribalism. Kenya normally takes advantage of the problems in Somalia and it does not want Somalia to get its own functional government.

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