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3 months later, Kasarani detention camp still going strong

01 July 2014, 18:40 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Despite public rebuke and complaints of human rights violations, the Kasarani detention camp is still in existence, three months after its inception.

The camp was gazetted by the government to detain those arrested by police in terror swoops across the country in the wake of the Al Shabaab menace in the country.

So far it is understood that over 10,000 people have passed through the centre.

Official police records last month showed that 448 people had been deported after being sent there, with many others sent to refugee camps and others released.

For families of some of the detainees still in police custody though, the pain of having their relatives in detention is a daily reality.

Adan Yusuf's brother Issa has been in the camp for 37 days and is yet to be cleared, despite the family trying on several occasions to prove that he is a Kenyan citizen.

" We have tried in vain to have him released. We have been to every office we can but he is still there, he says.

" We just thanks God that he is alive and hope that one day he will be released.

Reports of human rights violations have been brushed off by the government which has insisted that the camp is legal as well as necessary in the present times.

The holy month of Ramadan, for Muslims an important time of the year is with us and for most, who are Muslim, it will be a tough month for them.

There is a fund that has been started to help those within the camp that are Muslim and are fasting, started by the local Muslim community.

The donations will help but for the families of many, a quick resolution to the plight many go through at the centre will be the best solution.

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