IOM maps dangerous and unofficial border routes used by Somali refugees

A Somali refugee girl looks through razor wire

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) is recommending the setting up of a police task force to reduce the risks of rape, theft and extortion faced by the thousands of Somalis making their way to the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya.

It says the task force should partner with pastoralist communities that are hosting many of the displaced people along their migratory routes.

The recommendation comes after IOM mapped the routes the refugees were taking to leave the country. It found that 85 per cent of Somalis fleeing the drought were crossing into Kenya using unofficial and dangerous roads.

Spokeswoman Jemini Pandya says the study highlighted the refugees' hazardous journey to Dadaab.  

What the assessment found is that both unofficial and official routes lacked requisite water provisions, medical facilities, rest points or security monitoring centres, and that the latter was one of the reasons the  refugees and pastoralists were at the mercy of unscrupulous guides who extort large sums of money to provide navigation services.”

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More than 150,000 Somalis have made the long journey to Dadaab refugee camp since January this year.

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