5 July 2014

Somalia: UN Is Worried About Hundreds of Somalis Still Detained in Nairobi

Photo: John Nyaga/IRIN
Somali refugees appeal High Court's decision (file photo).

On 31st March, Kenya Police arrested thousands of Somalis through swoops in Nairobi especially the Somali pre-dominantly inhabited estate of Eastleigh.

Hundreds were deported to Somalia, some were returned to the refugee camps in Kenya while still hundreds are being held in Nairobi especially at Safaricom Kasarani Sports Grounds.

The UNHCR spokesperson for the Branch Office in Nairobi Emanuel Nyabera showed a great concern of hundreds of Somalis still being held by police.

He pointed out that about 300 children are among the Somalis still being held at Kasarani. However, the Kenya Deputy Present on Tuesday night said there are no Somalis still being held there as according to him some were deported while the rest were sent to the refugee camps.

The Somali Embassy in Nairobi is still keeping a low profile regarding the Somalis still being held at Kasarani.

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