News / Africa

Kenya Deports Somalis, Arrests Hundreds in Crackdown After Attacks

Suspected Somali illegal migrant Leyla Ali Adow (C) reacts after being processed for deportation in Nairobi, April 9, 2014.
Suspected Somali illegal migrant Leyla Ali Adow (C) reacts after being processed for deportation in Nairobi, April 9, 2014.
Reuters
— Kenya said on Wednesday it had deported 82 Somalis and rounded up hundreds of others without proper documents, part of a security crackdown launched after repeated attacks claimed by militants from neighboring Somalia.

Police had detained 472 people in the past few days, Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Ole Lenku told reporters at a stadium where other people were being screened to establish their identity.

"The process will continue until we do not have illegal aliens and those found to have refugees documents are taken to refugees camps," Lenku said.

Muslim leaders say they have been targeted unfairly by the arrests - and Human Rights Watch has called on Kenya to reconsider plans to move Somali refugees from cities to camps. Kenya says the measures are vital to security.

Islamist militants from Somalia's al-Shabaab group killed at least 67 people in a raid on Nairobi's Westgate mall last year and have threatened more attacks unless Kenya pulls its troops out of Somalia.

Kenya, along with Uganda and Ethiopia, has been contributing to an African Union force fighting the al-Qaida-linked movement. Gunmen shouting in a foreign language killed six worshippers in a church near Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa last month. Kenyan authorities reacted by ordering all Somali refugees living in its urban areas to return to two camps closer to the countries' shared border.

They have also arrested people in Nairobi's Somali-dominated Eastleigh area known as "Little Mogadishu." At the stadium, Mariam Mohammed, 25, said she had been separated from her two children and husband when she was detained in Eastleigh.
A policeman guards suspected Somali illegal migrants arrested at a holding station in Kenya's capital Nairobi, April 7, 2014.A policeman guards suspected Somali illegal migrants arrested at a holding station in Kenya's capital Nairobi, April 7, 2014.
x
A policeman guards suspected Somali illegal migrants arrested at a holding station in Kenya's capital Nairobi, April 7, 2014.
A policeman guards suspected Somali illegal migrants arrested at a holding station in Kenya's capital Nairobi, April 7, 2014.


Shedding tears as she waited to have her documents checked, she said, "I am ready to go back to my country since I have suffered enough while in custody."

Lenku defended the exercise, saying it was within the law and detainees were getting food and water. More arrests would take place across the country, he added.

Rights groups and aid agencies were allowed into the stadium on Wednesday for the first time since the screening started over the weekend.

Emmanuel Nyabera, a information officer with the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR, said its officers had found detainees with the proper documentation were being released.

You May Like

Mali's Female Basketball Players Rebound After Islamist Occupation

Islamist extremists ruled northern Mali for most of 2012, imposing strict Sharia law, and now some 18 months later, the region is slowly getting back on its feet More

Video Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spat

Many Chinese-made products go unsold, for now, with numerous Vietnamese consumers still angry over recent dispute More

Koreas Mark 61st Anniversary of War Armistice

Muted observances on both sides of heavily-armed Demilitarized Zone that separates two decades-long enemies More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Joseph Effiong from: uyo - nigeria
April 09, 2014 11:04 PM
Native doctors and herbalist are good friends than having a muslim as a friend or neighbour.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Students in Business for Themselvesi
X
Mike O'Sullivan
July 26, 2014 11:04 AM
They're only high school students, but they are making accessories for shoes, fabricating backpacks and doing product photography - all through their own businesses. It's the result of a partnership between a non-profit organization that teaches entrepreneurship and their schools. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan and Deyane Moses met the budding entrepreneurs near Los Angeles.
Video

Video Students in Business for Themselves

They're only high school students, but they are making accessories for shoes, fabricating backpacks and doing product photography - all through their own businesses. It's the result of a partnership between a non-profit organization that teaches entrepreneurship and their schools. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan and Deyane Moses met the budding entrepreneurs near Los Angeles.
Video

Video Astronauts Train in Underwater Lab

In the world’s only underwater laboratory, four U.S. astronauts train for a planned visit to an asteroid. The lab - called Aquarius- is located five kilometers off Key Largo, in southern Florida. Living in close quarters and making excursions only into the surrounding ocean, they try to simulate the daily routine of a crew that will someday travel to collect samples of a rock orbiting far away from earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Not Even Monks Spared From Thailand’s Junta-Backed Morality Push

With Thailand’s military government firmly in control after May’s bloodless coup, authorities are carrying out plans they say are aimed at restoring discipline, morality and patriotism to all Thais. The measures include a crackdown on illegal gambling, education reforms to promote students’ moral development, and a new 24-hour phone hotline for citizens to report misbehaving monks. Steve Sandford reports from Bangkok.
Video

Video Virtual Program Teaches Farming Skills

In a fast-changing world beset by unpredictable climate conditions, farmers cannot afford to ignore new technology. Researchers in Australia are developing an online virtual world program to share information about climate change and more sustainable farming techniques for sugar cane growers. As VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports, the idea is to create a wider support network for farmers.
Video

Video Airline Expert: Missile will Show Signature on Debris

The debris field from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is spread over a 21-kilometer radius in eastern Ukraine. It is expected to take investigators months to sort through the airplane pieces to learn about the missile that brought down the jetliner and who fired it. VOAs Carolyn Presutti explains how this work will be done.
Video

Video Treatment for Childhood Epilepsy Heats up Medical Marijuana Debate

In the United States, marijuana is classed as an illegal drug by the federal government. But nearly half the states have legalized it, to some degree. Proponents say some strains of marijuana might have exceptional health benefits, for treating pain or inflammation in chronic conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. Shelley Schlender reports on a strain of medical marijuana developed in Colorado that is reputed to reduce seizures in childhood epilepsy
Video

Video Airbus Adds Metal 3D Printed Parts to New Jets

By the end of this year, European aircraft manufacturing consortium Airbus plans to deliver the first of its new, extra-wide-body passenger jets, the A350-XWB. Among other technological innovations, the new plane will also incorporate metal parts made in a 3-D printer. VOA's George Putic has more.
Video

Video AIDS Conference Welcomes Exciting Developments in HIV Treatment, Prevention

Significant strides have been made in recent years toward the treatment and prevention of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. This year, at the International AIDS Conference, the AIDS community welcomed progress on a new pill that may prevent transmission of the deadly virus. VOA’s Anita Powell reports from Melbourne, Australia.
Video

Video IAEA: Iran Turns its Enriched Uranium Into Less Harmful Form

Iran has converted its stockpiles of enriched uranium into a less dangerous form that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons, according to the United Nations’ Atomic Energy Agency. The move complies with an interim deal reached with Western powers on Iran's nuclear program last year, in exchange for easing of sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.

AppleAndroid