UNHCR organizes go-and-see visits for displaced Kenyans

UNHCR organizes go-and-see visits for displaced Kenyans

NYAKINYUA, Kenya, May 7 (UNHCR) – Thirty displaced Kenyans have paid a day-long visit to the Rift Valley Province villages they fled earlier this year, but left for their sanctuaries undecided about whether or not to return permanently. Some were shocked to see the devastation wreaked on their property.

The UN refugee agency organized the ‘go-and-see’ visits on Tuesday to Nyakinyua and Timboroa, setting out from the provincial capital of Nakuru in western Kenya. The visits, requested by the 30 internally displaced people (IDP) taking part, came a day after the government launched an IDP resettlement programme dubbed ‘Operation Rudi Nyumbani’ (Operation Return Home).

The group of 15 IDPs who visited Nyakinyua – all from the same ethnic group – were warmly welcomed by their neighbours from a rival ethnic group, some of whom had turned on them when violence broke out after last December’s presidential election. The inter-ethnic violence left some 1,200 people dead and 350,000 homeless – 90 percent of them in the Rift Valley. Continue reading

IDPs in Kenya hesitant to return home despite relative calm

IDPs in Kenya hesitant to return home despite relative calm

CHOGOCHO, Kenya, April 16 (UNHCR) – Thousands of internally displaced people (IDP) in Kenya are still hesitant to go home despite the return of peace to parts of the country affected by post-election violence at the start of the year.

Most of the IDPs, especially in western Kenya’s Rift Valley Province, fear they will be attacked if they return home. Some of the men go back to villages like Chogocho during the day to tend to their crops before seeking shelter with friends or relatives at night in towns like Elburgon, located eight kilometres away.

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