Kenya says asked UN to relocate Somali refugees

Deputy President William Ruto said the government had asked the UNHCR to move more than 600,000 Somalia refugees from Kenya to another location in Somalia.

Kenya says asked UN to relocate Somali refugees

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Kenya said on Saturday that it gave the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) three months to move Somali refugees from the northeastern Dadaab camp to a location inside Somalia.

While on a visit to Nyeri town in the Central Hinterlands of Kenya, Deputy President William Ruto said the government had asked the UNHCR to move more than 600,000 Somalia refugees from Kenya to another location in Somalia.

"We have asked the UNHCR to relocate the refugees in three months," Ruto said, noting that the Kenyan government would have to move the refugees itself if the UN agency failed to comply.

Ruto added that his country would change after a deadly attack by the Somalia armed group Al-Shabaab inside a university in the northeastern Garissa County earlier this month the same way the United States changed after the 9/11 attacks in New York.

Kenya, Ruto said, was ready to use all means to ensure the safety of its citizens.

"We must secure this country at whatever cost," the Deputy President said.

"Even if we lose business with Somalia so be it, all those who are collaborating with Al-Shabaab will have their businesses closed," he added.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 12 Nisan 2015, 09:12
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