Kenya to close massive refugee camps! Will we be expected to take more?
Posted by Ann Corcoran on May 8, 2016
A very large number of the Somali refugees arriving in the US come from camps, like Dadaab, in Kenya. If Kenya goes through with closing the camps this time (they threatened it a year ago, but they look more serious now), you can bet we will be expected to take even more!
We are taking Somalis at the rate of 750 a month right now, see here.
Before you read the story, visit the State Department Data base here and then click on this:
You will see that Kenya is our second highest processing country. We don’t take Kenyans so surely most of these are Somalis from camps there. The top three processing sites in the world all involve Muslim ‘refugees.’
The numbers in parenthesis are those we admitted to the US from those locations in 7 months:
From Deutsche Welle (I don’t blame Kenya one bit!):
The Kenyan government has announced the closure of two refugee camps, including one of the world’s biggest, citing financial challenges and a lack of security. Rights groups have condemned the closure plan.
On Friday, Kenyan authorities said the camps were having an adverse affect on the country’s economy. Officials said the international community should take responsibility for the humanitarian needs of the refugees.
Kenya has hosted refugees for nearly 25 years, with a number of its neighboring East African countries facing protracted civil wars.
The government also disbanded the Department of Refugee Affairs, which worked with humanitarian organizations for the welfare of the refugees.
“The government of the Republic of Kenya, having taken into consideration its national security interests, has decided that hosting of refugees has to come to an end,” said a statement released by Interior Ministry official Karanja Kibicho.
The camps that will be shut down are Daadab and Kakuma. There are more than 328,000 refugees in the Daadab refugee camp in eastern Kenya – mostly the Somali refugees escaping an al-Shabab-led Islamist insurgency in their country. The Kakuma camp hosts 190,000 refugees, mostly from South Sudan.
The article goes on to say that rights activists think Kenya should integrate these hundreds of thousands of Somalis etc. Well, gee, what would happen to Kenya and Kenyans then? Kenya would turn into an expansion of Somalia!
Finally, you should know that the Somali government is encouraging the return of Somalis to rebuild their country, here. It just isn’t fast enough for the Kenyans!
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