Kenya: Wajir, Garissa residents registered as ‘refugees’ sue in citizenship row

Published: 13/Août/2021
Source: The Daily Nation (Nairobi)

By Sam Kiplagat

Close to 20,000 northern Kenya residents, who registered as asylum seekers to benefit from services offered to refugees, have sued the government seeking to be removed from the database and given national identity cards.

The Kenyans, who live near the refugee camps, were registered as refugees as children or were put in the database to access medicine and food, which was available to the refugees, during drought seasons.

In the petition filed before the High Court, the 14,762 from Garissa and the 4,952 persons from Wajir want the government compelled to clear them from the database and given IDs.

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Themes: Apatridie, Cartes d’identité et passeports, Nationalité des réfugiés
Regions: Kenya
Year: 2021