Magazine article New Internationalist

Somalis Out!

Magazine article New Internationalist

Somalis Out!

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Kenya's bid to repatriate Somali refugees has been met with resistance from human rights and aid agencies, as well as from the refugees themselves. In November, the Kenyan and Somalian governments and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees signed an agreement to repatriate nearly 500,000 Somalis living in refugee camps in Kenya; the first repatriations are due to take place in January.

Thousands of refugees fled Somalia in 1991 at the start of the country's civil war. There is now a whole generation of young people who were born in the camps and have never been to their homeland. Jamal Halane and Mohamed Gedi are young Somalis based in Eastleigh, the business and residential district for Somalis in Kenya's capital, Nairobi. They say that they are not opposed to repatriation per se, but that it must be voluntary.

'We are not refusing; if people can go back when they want, there is no problem,' says Gedi. …

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