The refugee crisis in Kenya is overwhelming the country's resources, spurring their principal secretary to call for the closure of all refugee camps in the country as well as the closure of the borders to new refugees.
Kenya is obviously beyond its capacity to aid the 463,000 Somali refugees that have fled their turmoil in their country, but Somali refugees desperately need these camps to stay open. These people are highly vulnerable and need asylum from the ongoing violence in Somalia, which includes forced child soldier recruitment and suicide bombings.
G8 countries such as Canada, the U.S. and the UK must step up to offer financial and on-the-ground support to the Kenyan government. If not, the crisis may well spiral out of countrol with regional instability, violence and more hunger and sickness to follow.Sign today to protect the safety of almost half a million refugees in Kenya. Tell the UN High Commissioner for Refugees that asylum seekers deserve the support of the international community to ensure their safety.
To Mr. Filippo Grandi,
As a person concerned greatly with asylum seekers, I urge you to demand support for Kenya from G8 countries. Kenya is currently home to 463,000 Somali refugees and it is obvious that their country has been overwhelmed by this crisis.
With the recent announcement that the Kenyan government is closing Somali refugee camps and their borders, the rest of the world must step in to assist Kenya in supporting this huge quantity of asylum seekers.
Kenya is in need of financial support and on-the-ground support. This type of support can help ease the burdens and fears that the Kenyan government has in relation to the Somali refugee camps and allow the refugees to maintain their safety and security within Kenya.
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The need for assistance is great. I urge you to call on G8 countries to step up their assistance to stop the crisis from spinning out of control.