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Monday, May 19, 2014

Somalis at Jomo Kenyatta detention Centre to be returned home after hunger strike

Somalis at Jomo Kenyatta detention Centre to be returned home after hunger strike

The Somali ambassador to Kenya Mohamed Ali Nur (Ameeriko) said that nearly one hundred Somali nationals who have been on hunger strike for the past several days will be flown back to their homeland this week from Kenya.

 Mr. Nur made the speech during a visit to detention centres at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta airport on Sunday evening where he witnessed the terrible living conditions of the Somali nationals including women, children and the elderly.
 The inmates were amongst thousands of Somali nationals who were arrested by the Kenyan security forces since the anti-Somali mass arrests began in Kenya nearly two months ago.
 Ambassador Nur entered the detention centres and listened to the Somali nationals being held there who went on a hunger strike in an attempt to turn the world’s attention towards the tougher life conditions they have been experiencing for the past several weeks since the security forces crackdown began. The ambassador was clearly moved and saddened by his countrymen’s plight.
“I call on the Kenyan government to transfer the detained Somali citizens to the government of Somalia so that we can send them back home” the diplomat told the media after his visit to the detention centres.
The ambassador’s tour of the detention sites came several hours after the Somali media reported that the inmates had gone on hunger strike.
HOL English News Desk

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