Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

5/19/2014 (11 months ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya the second largest city of Somalis after capital of Mogadishu

The Dadaab camp in northern Kenya is home to more than 300,000 Somalis, making it the largest gathering of Somalis after the Somalian capital of Mogadishu. In existence since 1991, Dadaab has long worn out its welcome with many Kenyans. They blame Somali refugees for harboring Somali al Shabaab extremist militants who have carried out a series of terrorist attacks on Kenyan soil.

Composed of squalid, overcrowded camps in arid north Kenya, Dadaab is no tourist spot.

Composed of squalid, overcrowded camps in arid north Kenya, Dadaab is no tourist spot.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

5/19/2014 (11 months ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: Dadaab, Somalis, Kenya, terrorists


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - When al Shabaab attacked Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi last year, 67 people were killed. In response, a senior Kenyan MP urged the government to close Dadaab. The camp costs the international community between $100 million and $200 million annually, and has become in many people's minds as a "nursery for terrorists".

Former Human Rights Watch researcher Ben Rawlence denies this. Studying and researching the refugees in the camp for a year, the compound is full of businesses large and small. Rawlence calls Dadaab an "engine for moderation".

Starvation never takes a vacation --

Dadaab is full of rural, conservative Somalis. Many have grown up in the camp away from the war in an atmosphere of peace. Dadaab hosts some of the best educated Somalis in the world.

"They've been marinated in the NGO culture of rights for a very long time . it's very much a liberal hegemony, the structure of authority in the camp," Rawlence told a meeting at London-based think tank Chatham House recently.

Composed of squalid, overcrowded camps in arid north Kenya, Dadaab is no tourist spot. The region is also where al Shabaab militants, bandits and smugglers are active. Aid workers and police have been attacked there, and visitors need a police escort to visit the site.

It's also one of the most monitored places on earth, in terms of mobile phone surveillance, Rawlence said.

The idea that Dadaab harbors militants long predates the Westgate attack.

"Dadaab presents a huge threat to Kenyan security . the refugee camp is probably crawling with militia," a columnist for Kenya's Daily Nation newspaper wrote in 2011. "What better way for al Shabaab to penetrate Kenya's borders than to become refugees within our borders?"

As an academic who worked in Dadaab with UNHCR, Rawlence said it was more likely that a small number of trained fighters were operating in the camp supported by a small minority of refugees, while the rest of the population lived in fear of them.

Police began a crackdown on people living in Nairobi's Eastleigh district in April. Home to many Somalis, police rounded people up night after night, and released them on payment of a bribe. The government has also ordered all Somali refugees living in urban areas to return to Dadaab.

"This sort of fomenting - whether or not it's intentional - is resulting in growing animosity and vilification of Somalis," Rawlence said.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2015
Universal:
Scientists: That those involved in scientific research may serve the well-being of the whole human person.
Evangelization: Contribution of women: That the unique contribution of women to the life of the Church may be recognized always.


Rosaries, Crosses, Prayer Cards and more... by Catholic Shopping .com


Comments


More Africa

Obianuju Ekeocha Files Special Report From Nigeria: Protecting God's Gifts of Life and Family Watch

Image of Obianuju Ekeocha is an African woman, living and working in the United Kingdom as a Specialist Biomedical Scientist. She is also the founder of Culture of Life Africa, an initiative dedicated to the promotion of a Culture of Life in Africa  through the dissemination of good information, sensitization and education. She has written several articles including the

By Ms Obianuju Ekeocha and Most Reverend Emmanuel Badejo

In response to the encroaching Culture of Death, the increasing violation of the sanctity of human life around the world, and in line with Pope Francis' call for the need to sustain and support marriage and family life, the Catholic Bishops, priests, religious ... continue reading


Diabolical new ISIS video shows two groups of Christians brutally executed Watch

Image of The video depicts two groups of men, one in orange jumpsuits and the other in black, being killed at different locations in Libya.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In a malefic new Islamist State video, two separate groups of Christians are seen being led bound before being executed. The victims are thought to be Ethiopian Christians killed in Libya. The terror network's media arm, al-Furqan Media video is entitled "Until ... continue reading


Islamic State may have trouble infiltrating Morocco. Six jihadists detained for plotting terrorist attacks Watch

Image of A U.S. Marine and a Moroccan army soldier train together, part of a growing number of programs where Western militaries conduct drills with African nations in order to help them combat Islamic jihadists.

By Kaci Racelma (Catholic Online)

At least six members of a terrorist cell that had ties to the Islamic State were arrested in Morocco, Moroccan authorities announced on Monday. ALGIERS, ALGERIA (Catholic Online) - This cell was planing attacks on behalf of the Islamic State, and apparently had ... continue reading


Archaeologists amazingly uncover potential oldest tools in the world Watch

Image of

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The oldest tools known to man was created about to 3.4 million years ago. Recent findings stated that the tools found at the archaeological site, Lomekwi 3, in Kenya are even older than the tools believed to be the oldest, about 2.6 years older. The findings were ... continue reading


At least 2,000 girls and women kidnapped by Boko Haram for illicit purposes Watch

Image of Protesters in front of the Nigerian Embassy in Washington hold signs during a march in support of the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram.

By Emma Farge and Alex Whiting, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Boko Haram Islamic militants have kidnapped at least 2,000 girls and women since the start of last year, turning them into cooks, sex slaves and fighters, and sometimes killing those who refused to comply, Amnesty International said on Tuesday. DAKAR/LONDON ... continue reading


#BringBackOurGirls: One year since the massive Boko Haram kidnapping and 219 Chibok schoolgirls are still missing Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

On April 14, 2014, 276 schoolgirls were horrifically kidnapped from Government Secondary School in Chibok by Boko Haram. Exactly one year later, the whereabouts of 219 of those young girls remains unknown. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Since Boko Haram severely ... continue reading


Satellite images show Boko Haram's horrible handiwork as town wiped from Earth Watch

Image of Since the start of 2014, there has been at least 300 raids and attacks carried out by Boko Haram against civilians.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Satellite images reveal the horrible handiwork of the Nigerian terror group Boko Haram. The armed militants wiped Bama, a city in northern Nigeria from the face of the Earth. Stories are emerging of women and elderly persons being burned alive in their own ... continue reading


ISIS hacks popular French television network Watch

Image of French television network TV5 Monde has been hacked by a group claiming ISIS affiliation.

By Kaci Racelma (Catholic Online)

The Islamic State's grip on the world is strengthening more and more. This terrorist nebula that began by attacking cities and innocent people in the Middle East and North Africa has acquired enough ability to expand further. The engineers ISIS draws from North Africa ... continue reading


Islamic extremism continues to raid Tunisia with deadly ambushes Watch

Image of

By Kaci Racelma (Catholic Online)

The war against terrorism initiated by the Tunisian authorities does not seem to be ending soon. The country's security services lack experience in this war against an invisible enemy and are struggling to ensure security in the whole territory. ALGIERS, ALGERIA ... continue reading


Obama's excessive drone strikes in Somalia intensifies hate against Christians and the U.S. Watch

Image of President Obama and White House officials are defending the United States'

By Abigail James (News Consortium)

President Obama and White House officials are defending the United States' "low-investment, light-footprint approach to counterterrorism." As war and death plague places like Somalia and Yemen every day, President Obama continues to issue airstrikes with drones. LOS ... continue reading


All Africa News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Acts 11:1-18
1 The apostles and the brothers in Judaea heard that ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 42:2-3; 43:3, 4
2 I thirst for God, the living God; when shall I go ... Read More

Gospel, John 10:1-10
1 'In all truth I tell you, anyone who does not enter ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for April 27th, 2015 Image

St. Zita
April 27: St. Zita was born into a poor but holy Christian family. Her ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter