Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Kenyan authorities are sending hundreds of Somali refugees who have crossed into Kenya back to volatile Somalia

Cathy Majtenyi:

Aid workers say 4,000 Somalis are holed up in the Somali town of Dhobley, about 25 kilometers from the Kenyan border, wanting to cross over into Kenya to escape the volatility of Somalia.

Several-hundred refugee claimants were able to make it to a reception center managed by the U.N. refugee agency and the Kenya Red Cross Society in the Kenyan town of Liboi, only to be turned back. Police also barred the Kenya Red Cross from entering the reception center.

A spokeswoman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, Millicent Mutuli, tells VOA Kenyan police deported at least 364 Somali refugee claimants.

"There was a large presence of police and military in the area," she said. "They were said to be interrogating the asylum seekers. We have pretty good reports that trucks have been seen leaving the reception center and basically taking people back to Somalia. Two trucks had already left this morning and a third truck was being loaded."

Mutuli says her agency has been trying to contact Kenya's immigration and foreign affairs ministries for the past couple of days, and it intends to protest the deportations the agency says violate international refugee policy.

A police commander in the area, Johnstone Limo, confirms to VOA that the deportations took place.

"Yes, we do not want them. We do not want them to come to our country. We do not want them because we want them to solve their problem when they are in their country," said Limo.

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At 7:50 PM, Blogger hoss_tagge said...

Can we get some of these folks to come to the U.S. and help us set some common-sense immigration policies that keep problems and problem people out of the US?

At 5:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Adam,
I just wanted to give you a tip.

Woman suffered 'worst injuries I have seen' - Pathologist
By Tony Gardner
A pathologist told a murder trial that injuries to a teenage battered wife in Leeds were the worst he had seen.
Professor Christopher Milroy said they were worse than those suffered by victims of road traffic accidents.

He graphically revealed the full extent of the horrific damage to 19-year-old Sabia Rani which she is thought to have suffered in the last 72 hours of her life.
Shazad Khan, 25, her husband by arranged marriage, is accused of her murder.
Leeds Crown Court heard how Sabia Rani suffered 12 fractured or badly damaged ribs along with around 30 other separate wounds to her head, neck body and limbs.
Internal damage was so extensive as to cause soft tissue and fat in her body to turn to liquid.
Stamped on
Prof Milroy, told Leeds Crown Court: "I have not seen this degree of damage in a case after 15 years of examining people who have died in many different circumstances."

what a terrible crime


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