Friday, October 9, 2009

BBC: Kenyans Must Leave Displacement Camps

Here is an interesting article on the status of displacement camps in Kenya. The full article is here. 

A Kenyan deadline expires on Friday for people displaced by post-election violence to leave their camps.

Two weeks ago President Mwai Kibaki ordered the closure of the camps, which at the peak of the violence were home to around 500,000 people.

But more than a year-and-a-half later there are Kenyans still living in tents some of whom are reluctant to leave.

Stanley Wanyoike said he will only leave if the president keeps his promise to give them land.

"We are ready to leave if the promise made by the head of state is fulfilled," said Mr Wanyoike, who was forced to flee his home with his wife and five children on 30 December 2007 - the night President Kibaki was controversially declared the winner of the election.

Elizabeth Wanja
 The government says you can't be given that money unless you pull down the tent. But if you pull down the tent you don't have anywhere to go 
Elizabeth Wanja

"That is being given a place to settle - some land. We are waiting to hear if we are to get land."

Early last year the agricultural showground in the town of Eldoret was home to almost 25,000 people. Less than 2,000 remain.

Each family has been offered 35,000 Kenyan shillings (about $470, £290) for leaving but to receive the money they have to dismantle their tent.

Tent is a generous word for leaky structures which are made out of shabby pieces of plastic sheeting and old sacks.

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