Kenya has expressed concern over renewed fighting in the border town of Bula Hawa, in the northern of Gedo region, southwestern Somalia.
Bula Hawa is some two kilometres from the Kenya-Somalia border.
In a diplomatic note to the Chairperson African Union Commission Monday, Kenya warns if the insurgency that has persisted for months continues, it will result into a humanitarian crisis and a massive influx of refugees across the Kenyan border.
“Kenya’s primary concern is that the renewed fighting engenders large-scale displacement of civilians inside Somalia and increasingly generates large numbers of refugees and asylum seekers to Kenya, therefore aggravating the already dire humanitarian situation in Somalia and in the refugee camps in Kenya” said the Foreign Affairs office in a release.
The fighting, which has intermittently taken place over several months since the beginning of 2020, pits the Somali National Army against regional forces from the Jubaland State of Somalia.
In the note, Kenya is calling for an immediate cessation of the hostilities and a rapid return to normalcy, consistent with the AU’s calls and inspirations of “Silencing the Guns in Africa by 2020” efforts.
Similarly, Kenya is concerned that if the fighting continues unabated, the situation could further destabilize the region, complicating the security situation and reverse gains made in the fight against terrorism.