U.S. GIVES KENYA $45M TO CURB REFUGEE CRISIS

U.S. GIVES KENYA $45M TO CURB REFUGEE CRISIS

BY RACHUONYO DUNCAN

The United States recently announced it will give $45 million to help the Kenyan government to deal with challenges facing refugees in the country.

This happened during the recent visit by the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry who said the funding from U.S. will assist refugees fleeing their countries due to political instability and frequent conflict within their motherland.

It is also believed that the number of refugees entering Kenya is increasing day after day following political instability from their home countries, situations which have contributed to the many deaths and hundreds seeking humanitarian aid.

Countries which are much affected include Somalia, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia and South Sudan.

According to Secretary of State, John Kerry, the money will assist the Kenyan Government in handling the overwhelming refugee crisis they are facing.

He also believes that closing the Dadaab refugee camp will not be a solution to curbing terrorism as suggested by Deputy President William Ruto and other political leaders.

Kenyan officials have regularly claimed that Dadaab camp is a breeding ground for extremists. But the U.S. has seen no evidence linking Dadaab to any of al-Shabaab’s recent atrocities, according to a senior State Department official.

The majority of refugees are facing many challenges forcing hundreds of children to drop out of school and many still cannot trace their family members.

When contacted regarding the U.S. support to Kenya, most refugees believed that the aid would improve the lives of many who still cannot access proper health services inside and outside the camps.


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