Somali refugees starting to be released from detention centres in Kenya

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Kenyan police are starting to release Somali refugees from detention, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

More than one thousand refugees and asylum seekers were rounded up in Nairobi during counter-terrorism operations targeting undocumented foreigners since the beginning of April.

UNHCR confirmed that they are starting to return to refugee camps after having been arrested by Kenyan security forces and detained at Kasarani stadium.

Alex Mbilinyi, the agency's Deputy Representative in Kenya was at Kasarani.

What I saw at Kasarani was the start of processing of refugees to return to refugee camps. The refugee department was there. There were some vehicles there, at least I saw buses which were to ferry people to the two main camps, Dadaab and Kakuma. (0'19")

UNHCR says that while it was able to secure the release of a number of refugees with documentation, it is disturbed by reports of harassment and other abuses taking place in Kasarani stadium.

The agency also says the conditions there are overcrowded, and sanitary conditions are inadequate.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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