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December 12, 2001

PRESS RELEASE

DISTRIBUTED TO KENYA HIGH COMMISSIONS AND EMBASSIES IN OTTAWA, LONDON,
WASHINGTON AND STOCHOLM ON DECEMBER 12, 2001 INDEPENDENCE DAY IN KENYA.

CONTINUOUS ABUSE OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN
NORTHERN KENYA BY THE GOVERNMENT OF KENYA

Soon after independence on December 12, 1963 the Government of Kenya
introduced and instituted Emergency Laws in Northern Kenya which
unfortunately remain in place today. Also, the Government of Kenya
implemented a policy of economic, social and political repression in the
region, thus subjecting the inhabitants to dire poverty and social
decadency.

The Government of Kenya continually committed and still commits ethnically
motivated genocide against the people of Northern Kenya. The Garissa,
Madogashe, Malkameri, Wagalla and Bagala massacres that claimed thousands
of lives are a concrete living testimony. In many ways, these massacres
were carried out in a fashion that was in form and substance similar to
the Nazis style of perfecting genocide against defenseless civilians.
Although the number of victims in Northern Kenya remain a lot smaller than
the Nazi victims, they are still lost human lives. Another example is the
1989 screening of Kenya Somalis; which exemplifies the naked aggression
against civilians who are disadvantaged by virtue of the heavy handedness
of the successive authorities in Kenya.

As we speak, many people in Northern Kenya are dying as a result of
diseases and prolonged droughts. The Government of Kenya does not only
cover up these dreadful events by repressing the distress calls for
emergency relief from local leaders and humanitarian groups, but they
also, have been imposing a heavy levy on Relief Food and Medicine that has
been DONATED by international communities.

As consequences of these Draconian and inhuman measures, many lives are at
stake. In effect, we are appealing to international communities,
governments, and non-governmental organizations to urge the Kenya
Government, as follows:

1. Rescind the infamous discriminatory Screening Cards forced onto all
adult members of Somali ethnic Kenyans.

 2. Rescind taxation on Emergency Relief and allow humanitarian groups to
save the lives of victims of droughts, diseases, and internal refugees
resulting from internal and external strife.

3. Allow an independent and impartial commission of inquiry to
investigate all the massacres that took place in Wajir, Garissa, and
Mandera districts.

4. Remove the infamous policy of economic and social strangulation in
Northern Kenya. Enact laws that are geared towards elevating the standards
of living of the inhabitants of NEP.

5. Allow the people to govern themselves and undertake leadership to
restore hope and peace in the area.

Unless the healing process begins, we have no independence to celebrate
but a bleak future full of misery and despair.

For more information please contact:

Abdi Omar, Kenya Somali Community of North America, Ottawa, CAN (613)
733-8196 or 613 736-1789.
Ugas Jillao, Kenya Somali Community of North America, TX USA @(214) 575
6740

 

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