The International Organization for Migration (IOM) Kenya on 20 June 2013 joined the world in marking the World Refugee Day in Nairobi.
With the theme “One Family Torn Apart by War is Too Many”, the event comes at a time when the Government of Kenya is preparing to host a major international conference to discuss the repatriation of Somali refugees. The conference, which will be held in the second week of August, will be co-hosted by the Governments of Kenya and Somalia.
“The good thing about this repatriation is that it will be voluntary and will be done in safety and dignity,” said the acting commissioner for Refugee Affairs, Badu Katelo while addressing participants. Katelo said the repatriation will provide a durable solution to the refugee influx in the country. Kenya hosts close to 600,000 refugees mainly from Somalia.
He appreciated the efforts made by humanitarian agencies working in Kenya, in providing protection and welfare services to refugees for over two decades.
The celebrations saw over 10 agencies including IOM exhibiting the services they provide for refugees.