Kenyan Refugees Stranded at Ethiopia-Kenya Border

NAIROBI (Nov. 4) XINHUA - More than 3,200 Kenyan refugees returning home from Ethiopia have been stranded at the Moyale border post for two days, the Daily Nation newspaper reported Thursday.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said the group is part of the 4,700 Kenyans displaced six years ago by famine and clan fighting in Wajir District in North Eastern Province, Kenya,

Kenyan authorities still refuse to allow the refugees in allegedly for security reasons despite day-long negotiations are under way among Kenyan officials, the Ethiopian government and UNHCR officials.

It is said that the U.N. agency is to finance 30.5 million shillings (around 400,000 U.S. dollars) for the repatriation program while the World Food Program is to provide more than 7,000 tons of cereals to cover the nine-month relocation period.

It is learnt that the U.N. agency will make new arrangements to assist the refugees. Enditem

04/11/99 08:26 GMT

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