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East African heads of state seek regional approach to Somali refugee crisis

East African heads of state seek regional approach to Somali refugee crisis

Kenya

Regional heads of state on Saturday met in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, to seek a regional approach in delivering durable solutions to the Somali refugee crisis in the region.

The heads of state from Kenya, Uganda, Somalia, South Sudan and Ethiopia meeting under a regional grouping, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, called for greater global responsibility sharing with the region, where communities have been hosting and sharing limited resources with Somali refugees for years.

“We have worked together for more than twenty years to help stabilise Somalia. The Somali people have been at the forefront of this effort. We have shed blood together, as a region, alongside the Somali people, to liberate vast stretches of their country that were previously under the control of terrorists,” said Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The United Nations said on Saturday that more than two million Somalis have been displaced, including an estimated 1 million internally displaced persons within Somalia and 900,000 Somali refugees in the region, including large numbers in Kenya, Ethiopia, Yemen, Uganda and Djibouti.

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