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EU envoys appeal for calm at Kakuma refugee camp

05 November 2014, 09:13

Nairobi - Eleven envoys from the EU on Tuesday called on refugees living at the Kakuma refugee camp to stop violence which has left eight refugees mostly from South Sudan dead in the past week.

The EU ambassadors who are on a two-day visit to Turkana County also lauded the government for their long-standing support to refugees and urged action by all partners now to deal with critical food, security and accommodation issues.

"Security, politics and development are inter-related, and must work together to build stability and inclusive growth for the people of Kenya. We welcome the government's commitment to increasing security in Kenya," EU Ambassador to Kenya Lodewijk Briet said in a statement issued in Nairobi.

According to the government, violence between refugees from South Sudan and the Great Lakes region which started on Thursday last week has left at least eight people dead.

Kenya's Acting Commissioner of Refugees Haron Komen said the fighting began when a Burundian motorcycle taxi driver knocked down a child from South Sudan and this prompted retaliatory attacks between refugees from the Great Lakes region and South Sudan.

Also read: UN agencies appeal for upkeep of S. Sudan refugees

The police have arrested more than 100 refugees to help restore calm at the camp which has accommodated some 38,000 new refugees since South Sudan erupted in violence last December.

Kenyan security forces had reinforced their presence in the refugee camp and managed to keep the camp in peace for years until the latest killing threw the camp back into turmoil again.

During the visit, the EU envoys met refugees at the Kakuma camp on Thursday.

The trip to Turkana comes following last week's high-level visit by representatives from the UN, World Bank and the EU, when stability and economic growth were top of the agenda.

 - Xinhua

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