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Hungry Ethiopians Enter Northern Kenya

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NAIROBI (April 22) XINHUA - The presence of illegal immigrants from southern Ethiopia has worsened the famine situation in North Horr in northern Kenya, the East African Standard newspaper said Saturday.
Joash Miyoma, commissioner of Marsabit District which borders Ethiopia, said Friday that more than 200 Ethiopian families had illegally entered Kenya and are camped at Dukana border town.

He said his government would soon impose stringent immigration laws to control the influx of refugees.

"I sympathize with our neighbors but the food we have is strictly budgeted to feed Kenyan citizens only. I am appealing to the Ethiopian government to take up the responsibility of feeding its people," Miyoma said.

He gave the Ethiopians two weeks to leave the country or be forcibly evicted, saying any foreigners found in the country at the expiry of the deadline will be arrested and prosecuted for being in Kenya illegally.

Security personnel will be deployed to force the aliens out should there be any breach of peace in the area, he added.

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