Wednesday, November 03, 2010
UNHCR, in its advice to governments, has made clear that people fleeing central and southern Somalia are at substantial risk and that their international protection needs must be respected.
The population at the Border Point 1 camp mainly comprises children, women, and the elderly – all of whom have fled there to escape recent fighting between Al-Shabaab and Ahlu Sunna Wal Janaa forces in the Somali town of Bulla Hawa.
Kenya has for many years been generous host to many thousands of Somali refugees. To be forcibly returning people to Somalia now betrays that spirit, places lives at risk, and contravenes the principles of non-refoulement – or no forced return – that are contained in Kenya's Constitution, its Refugees Act, and in international refugee law. We urge Kenya's government to urgently halt further returns and allow those in no-man's land to come back.