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Thousands Of Somalis Reach Kenya

ISSUE 246
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Mogadishu’s Islamic Courts Plot
A Somaliland Takeover From Within

Interview: Somaliland President Lashes Out At Arab’s Position On His Breakaway Country

Arab League Proposes International Somalia Meeting

Foreign Fighters Influence Increasing In Somalia

Woman In Court Over July 'Plot'

Unveiling Somalia's Islamists

Regional Affairs

Nine Muslims Dead In Ethiopia Riots With Christians

Over 20 Killed In Clan Clash On Somalia-Ethiopia Border

U.S. Gives Kenya Six Boats To Fight Terrorism

Editorial
Special Report

International News

Israelis Say They'll Attack If America, UK Refuse To Act

Work With Somali Community Wins Lambeth Woman Top Volunteering Award

Hijacked Plane Lands In Italy With Message For Pope

Mother Sues Sheriff Over Death Of Mentallyiu ill Son

Warrants for Djibouti judge death

The World In Black And White

Case Of Ends And Means In Conflict

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

US Policy And Somaliland

Regional Involvement In Somalia

“CIA Coup In Somalia”

“Somalia: Spiraling Toward War”

From Somalia To Madison

British Pair Score Shock Wins

Address To The Africa Society Of The National Summit On Africa

Food for thought

Opinions

Is The ICU Posing A Serious Threat To Somaliland?

The Islamic Courts Union Is Endangering The Regional Peace

World Teachers' Day Celebrated

Stop Denial About Somali Killings

Driven To Death By Political
Instability And Poverty

Reply To The Article Titled: ''Security Threat To Somaliland From Islamic Courts'' By Rashid Nur

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Somali refugees in north Kenya (archive picture)

UN camps at Daadab are already home to about 150,000 Somalis

Nairobi, Kenya, October 6, 2006 – UN officials report a big rise in the number of Somali refugees crossing into Kenya to escape instability at home.

At least 2,000 arrived in the past two days, about three times the usual rate, the UNHCR refugee agency said.

The influx coincides with reports that fighters allied to the Union of Islamic Courts have moved into towns close to the Kenyan border, the UNHCR said.

It also expressed concern that its facilities for refugees in Kenya would be overwhelmed if the trend continued.

The Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) has taken control of large areas of central and southern Somalia, including the capital, Mogadishu, in the past few months.

Local worries

More than 30,000 Somalis have crossed into Kenya this year seeking shelter in camps.

The UNHCR said 2,069 people had arrived at the Liboi and Amuma border crossings since Wednesday.

The rate of arrivals threatened to overstretch its refugee facilities at the Daadab complex, about 80 kilometers (80) miles from the Somali border.

"If we continue to have more than 1,000 people a day, then most of our staff would have to be deployed to the border.

"But we already have more than 150,000 people in the camps [at Daadab] who need our help," Nairobi spokeswoman Millicent Mutuli told the Associated Press.

The UN also said there was concern among local Kenyan villagers that scarce water resources could be put under pressure or even contaminated as a result of the arrivals.

Security in northern Kenya is being stepped in the wake of the UIC's capture of the southern Somali port of Kismayo last month.

The UIC says it poses no security threat to neighboring countries.

But residents on both sides of the border hail from the same clans and there are now fears that the UIC's influence could extend far into Somali-inhabited north-east Kenya.

Source: BBC News


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