Somalis in Kenya rescued by UN refugee agency from deportation

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The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) on Wednesday managed to rescue 13 people who were being deported from Kenya.

According to reports, Kenyan security officers have detained hundreds of undocumented immigrants, mainly Somalis, who are being held at Kasarani Stadium for screening.

The detention is part of an ongoing security operation following a spate of recent attacks in the capital Nairobi and the coastal city of Mombasa.

The UNHCR Deputy Representative to Kenya, Abel Mbilinyi told UN Radio that the agency was aware that a group of 80 people was being sent to Mogadishu from Nairobi.

'Before this, UNHCR was alerted and went to the airport and we were able to release 13 persons of concern to UNHRC. Those who were released had documents issued either by UNHCR or by the government of Kenya." (17")

Mr. Mbilinyi said that after discussion with the government, UNHCR workers have been given access to the holding centre at Kasarani Stadium.

He said they will be doing joint verification with the authorities to secure the release of everyone who is a refugee or in the process of being granted refugee status in Kenya.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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