Somalia: Somali Refugee camps not breeding terrorists – UNHCR

Published: April 7, 2015

Emmanuel Nyabera, UNHCR Spokesman
Emmanuel Nyabera, UNHCR Spokesman

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has denied a recent accusation from Kenyan officials claiming that the Somali refugee camps in the East African nation are breeding grounds for al-Shabaab terrorists.
Spokesman of UNHCR office in Kenya, Emmanuel Nyabera said in an interview with the BBC Somali service that there are no ‘’evidences’’ for the allegations made against the refugees in Dadaab Camp.
‘’ Every government must protect its own citizens, but it’s also a legal right for the government to protect the refugees,’’ said the Spokesman.
He called for the Kenyan authorities to respect and implement the conventions of refugees.
Following the al-Shabaab massacre in Garissa University last week, leaders from the Northeastern region insisted that the extremists are trained and launch attacks from the Dadaab camp and said they wanted Somali refugees living there to be repatriated.
In 2013, when the Westgate mall in Nairobi was attacked by the militants, the government of Kenya similarly called for the refugees to go back to their motherland, but human rights groups condemned the move which they said is violating the refugees conventions.
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