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Somali premier offers Dabaab refugees hope

22 August 2014, 21:01

Nairobi - The Somali Prime Minister, Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, has urged refugees in the Dabaab refugee camp, not to lose hope of a better future for their homeland.

Ahmed has visited the refugee facility, said to be the largest in the world, in Kenya’s North Eastern region.

He became the first Somali leader to visit Dadaab in 23 years.

He was optimistic during his tour saying he felt humbled to visit his compatriots that had fled the crisis bedevilling the Horn of Africa over the years.

“Inspire hope and connect with one another. Build a bond that will aid us towards a better Somalia; every Somali has that unbreakable bond,” Ahmed told the refugees.

Accompanied by United Nations High Commission’s (UNHCR’s) representative for Somalia, Alessandra Morelli, Ahmed said the young Somali refugees in Dadaab needed more than hope for a better future.

“Let us find real and lasting solutions for them,” he said.

According to the UNHCR, Dadaab is home to almost 500 000 refugees most of whom are Somalis.

Dadaab hosts people that have fled various conflicts in the larger Eastern Africa region. Most have come as a consequence of the civil war in southern Somalia, including both Somalis and members of Somalia's various ethnic minority groups.

  – CAJ







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