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Kenya Police Intensify Operation Against Bandits

Plus: South Africa deports undocumented Nigerians and Somalis, DR Congo crackdown on protesters “heavy-handed”, and more
Kenya Police Intensify Operation Against Bandits

Kenya police intensify operation against bandits

  

Residents in Baringo County, in the Rift Valley, are fleeing to neighboring counties as police intensify their operation against bandits.  Residents are fearful the police operation will be heavy-handed and pull in innocent people.  Armed herders from the Pokot and Tugen ethnic groups are being blamed for deaths of 10 people and the displacement of thousands.  School in the region remain closed.  The area police boss tried to reassure residents the operation was only targeting criminals. 

  

South Africa deports undocumented Nigerians and Somalis

  

Nigerian media reported that 97 nationals accused of committing various offenses were deported on Monday.  Hundreds of undocumented people have been deported, the majority of which are from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.  But there were also citizens from Pakistan, China, Bangladesh, and Somalia.  South Africa has experienced several protests against foreigners and looting of shops owned by migrants. 

DR Congo crackdown on protesters “heavy-handed”

  

A UN report has documented the death of at least 40 people, killed in several cities across the DR Congo, in protests that occurred between the 15th and 31st of December 2016.  Security forces in the DR Congo used excessive force against protesters who were demonstrating against a possible third term for President Joseph Kabila.  The second and last term of President Kabila should have ended on December 20th but has been extended to the end of this year.  A UN brokered deal calls for presidential elections, in which Kabila will not run, to be held by the end of 2017. 

  

Tanzania refugee camps “overstretched”

  

Approximately 290,000 refugees, three-quarters of them from Burundi, are crammed into three camps: Nyarugusu, Mtendeli, and Nduta according to medical charity MSF.  Nduta camp which was set up to relieve pressures at Nyarugusu houses 117,000, more than double the intended capacity.  If the influx of 600-1000 people arriving daily continues, the number will rise to 150,000.  MSF provides medical services at the camp and has seen a fourfold increase in the number of outpatient consultations.  Overcrowding and unsanitary living conditions are increasing cases of malaria, diarrhea, respiratory tract infections, and skin problems.  David Nash, MSF’s head of mission, has called for a fourth camp to be identified but has not seen any concrete action being taken.  He also said the decision by the Tanzania’s government to withdraw automatic refugee status to Burundians may affect the humanitarian assistance they will be able to receive.   

Source: BBC Africa

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