Gunmen Kill Somali Community Leader At Kenyan Refugee Camp

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Unidentified gunmen has killed a Somali refugee leader in the Dadaab complex in north-eastern Kenya.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres voiced deep regret today at the killing of the Somali refugee leader, describing the slaying as “senseless.”

In a statement released by UNHCR, the man, whose name was not released, was shot several times as he entered his compound about 7:45 p.m (Kenyan time).

It also said that the gunmen reportedly escaped.

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Fleeing drought and famine in their home country, thousands of Somalis have taken up residence across the border in Dollo Ado, where a complex of camps is assisted by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The statement disclosed that the victim was rushed to a camp hospital and later died as he was being evacuated to Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, for further treatment.

The peace and security team which the man headed is run by refugee residents in Dadaab, and UNHCR said they have been instrumental in helping to maintain security inside the camp.

Dadaab is the world’s largest refugee settlement, home to more than 460,000 people, overwhelmingly Somalis who have fled famine and fighting in their neighbouring homeland.

Drought and two decades of violence have forced Somalis to flee their country and take refuge at the three Dadaab camps, which were originally designed to accommodate a total of 90,000 people.

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