Refugees’ Protection Crises!
Kenya, unlike its neighbors, remains “a destination for the people fleeing from persecution” as it hosts hundreds thousands refugees of almost ten African countries, most of them from Somalia. It also gets attention of the world’s humanitarian bodies including UNHCR – the UN Refugee Agency and its partners to facilitate refugees’ protection and also ease Kenya’s burden.
Despite refugees were mainly encamped at Kenya’s peripheral and relatively under developed regions amid restriction of rights to movement and employment, many asylum seekers were pleased enough in Kenya as “a better place than home”.
Moreover, Kenyan Defense Forces (KDF) intervened militarily in late 2011 into Kenya’s neighboring regions of Somalia. Kenya urged this came after sporadic raids and kidnappings had been employed in the Coast Province and Dadaab refugee camps where tourists and humanitarian employees became victims respectively. Refugees in Dadaab were not even accused of having roles in the raids but rather than that, they were among those to be protected in the humanitarian enclave.