31 March 2008

Kenya: Japanese Actress Visits Chaos Victims

Nairobi — A Japanese goodwill ambassador Sunday visited thousands of internal refugees camping at the Nakuru ASK grounds with a message of peace and reconciliation to the warring communities.

Ms Mayu Tsuruta, who is also an actress, said her mission is to visit the camps, survey the situation and advise her Government on the kind of assistance it should give.

She expressed her surprise at the large number of refugees and the poor conditions they lived in.

Asked how the Japanese government was going to assist the refugees, Ms Tsuruta said she was not in a position to say what or how much her country was going to give until she went back home and consulted with the responsible authorities.

Find lasting solution

She said Kenyan leaders should come together and find a lasting solution to the problem which had affected many innocent Kenyans.

Accompanied by a team from the Japanese embassy to Kenya, Ms Tsuruta visited several families in the camp and interacted with them. She also participated in the distribution of food to the families.

Ms Tsuruta joins the list of diplomats and high ranking personalities who have visited the camps to console the violence victims.

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