US concerned about recruitment of Somali refugees

Published March 30, 2010

NAIROBI, Kenya – A senior U.S. refugee official says the Obama administration is concerned about reports that refugee camps in eastern Kenya are being used as a recruitment site for combatants for Somalia's warring groups.

Reuben Brigety says such action infringes on the neutrality of the Dadaab camps. Brigety did not give any details in his remarks Tuesday to journalists.

The Associated Press reported late last year that thousands of people, including children, had been secretly recruited and trained inside Kenya to battle Islamic insurgents in neighboring Somalia. Kenyan and Somali officials denied such reports.

Somalia has been combating an Islamic insurgency for three years. The Horn of Africa nation has suffered from anarchy and chaos for 19 years.

Written by Associated Press

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