By Antony Kaikai/Christine Muchira
Deputy President William Ruto has urged the international community to support its decision to shut down the Dadaab Refugee Camp that hosts the highest number of refugees.
Ruto who was addressing the World Humanitarian Summit in Turkey also appealed to the international community to channel finances to help in the repatriation exercise as well as resettle the refugees to Somalia.
In his address to the World Humanitarian Summit in Turkey, the DP said that Kenya has been faithful to her international obligations of humanitarian assistance but not withstanding security of its people and the refugees themselves is paramount.
”Kenya has been faithful to her international obligations of humanitarian assistance but no country can shoulder humanitarian responsibilities at the expense of the security of her people and refugees themselves,” said DP Ruto
Ruto added that ”With the evolution of security challenges across the globe, it is very unfortunate that the Dadaab Refugee Complex has lost its humanitarian character and has instead become a centre for radicalisation, planning and training of al Shabaab terrorists as well as a conduit for contraband goods, weapons, electronics and sugar, which is killing local industries.”
He said it is wrong to imply that Kenya is using the refugee crisis to lobby for funds saying the country’s commitment to humanitarianism was beyond question.
The Deputy President later conveyed the same message to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud who he met on the sidelines of the meeting.
The two-day summit that kicked off on Monday.