On last Tuesday of September 2 2014, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) of Kenya had convened a meeting at Hilton Hotel, Nairobi. The Meeting, which had been discussed “How refugee protection is cared [even] when concerns exist?”, was attended by government authorities, Kenyan community based organisations, UNHCR partnering NGOs. Other participants of the meeting include Refugee leaders of Ethiopian, Somali and Eritrean nationals.

The President and Mentoring Board Chairmen of Ogaden Refugee Council (ORC)- Namely Ahmed Farah Mohamud, Ahmed Ugas Mohamed and Abdulahi Mohamed Adan were representing there. The Meeting was further addressing on topics of Community Policing presented by a Police Officer – representing Kenya’s Inspector General of National Police Service. This comes since cross-border crimes hit record in Kenya as Ethiopian State agents had killed Ogaden refugees in Garissa in June and July of 2014.

Further, Refugee leaders of Ethiopian nationals took opportunity of sharing their abusing experience as the good example was an Oromo ethnic who escaped an attempt of kidnapping by Ethiopian agents [with help of self-claim plain cloth CID Officers] on August 23 of 2014. On the other hand, key areas of sensitization were Overview of UNHCR History and Mandate; Kenya’s 2006 Refugee Act and Refugee Bill 2011; Refugee Documentation Services; Community Policing; and offered by UNHCR External Communications, Refugee Consortium of Kenya, Department of Refugee Affairs and National Police Service staffs. The meeting was the first of its kind since refugee leaders and refugee agencies were having consultative meetings and also regular community outreach activities though disrupted by Kenya’s Usalam Watch Operation of April 2014, which resulted massive crackdown and abuses on Somali community of Eastleigh suburb.

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