DP William Ruto arrived safe in Istanbul Turkey for World Refuge Conference. The conference kicks off tomorrow and he is set to present the challenges facing Kenya. The heavy burden placed on Kenyan tax payers by hosting the more than 700,000 refugees in Daadab and Kakuma.
The DP was received by junior Turkey government officials and Kenya’s ambassador Hon Kiema Kilonzo and ushered to a bus, no VIP limousines!
Kenya has indicated it will close down Daadab camp and repatriate some of the refugees back to Somali, a move that has been condemned by the UN and humanitarian agencies.
Turkey is home to over 2.5 million Syrian refugees, but its refugee camps can only house around 200,000. It is alleged that Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s government is illegally deporting thousands of refugees back to Syria without hearing their applications for asylum.
John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s director for Europe and Central Asia, voiced concerns about refugees’ living conditions in Turkey.