Kenyan refugees in Uganda fear
Thu, 06 Mar 2008
Kampala, Uganda - More than 12,000 Kenyan refugees who poured
across the border to Uganda during the country's post-election
violence are afraid to go home despite a political settlement
signed by rival leaders, the United Nations said Thursday.
UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres, who visited
the refugees on Tuesday, called upon Kenya's leaders to address
the long-term issues that lie at the heart of the ethnic-based
conflict. "We have been visiting the Kenyan refugees.
We have seen the anxiety among them. The people are still afraid
to go back," he told reporters in the capital Kampala.
"Our appeal is for the commitment to engagement and the true
reconciliation among the political leaders at the national level
and they should promote reconciliation among the communities."
Kenya's parliament reopens Thursday for the first time since the
momentous power-sharing deal was signed one week ago.
While violence has generally eased, the country remains volatile
and deep rifts have developed between ethnic groups, who once
lived side by side. The conflict over disputed polls unleashed
violence that exposed Kenya's deep-rooted tribal tensions, which
stem from a feeling of economic and political marginalization by