Kenya

Nearly 5,000 Kenyan Refugees to Leave Ethiopia for Home

ADDIS ABABA (Nov. 8) XINHUA - More than 5,000 Kenyan people, who have been taking refuge in southern Ethiopia, are expected to return home by early December, a U.N. refugee official said here on Wednesday.
From November 9 to December 12, there will be 10 convoy movements to transport about 5,100 Kenyan refugees from the Ethiopian border town of Moyale to the place of their origin in Kenya, Mahary Maasho, Public Information Officer of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told Xinhua.

Some of the Kenyan refugees crossed into Ethiopia in 1992-1993 because of ethnic clashes in the northeastern region of Kenya, according to Maasho.

He said the UNHCR is encouraged by the voluntary repatriation operation taking place now as it has been under process in the past three years.

He explained that the repatriation operation was delayed due to unexpected occurrences, including verification and screening of the status of the refugees.

The repatriation of the Kenyan refugees followed a meeting by the Ethiopia-Kenya Joint Border Commissioner/Administrator Committee, which was held here on November 1-2.

Repatriation packages, including nine months' food and non-food items such as blankets, plastic sheeting and water jerricans, are to be issued before the repatriates' departure to Kenya, Maasho said.

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