Kenya Residents Feel Threatened by Famine Refugees

By: Ap Email
By: Ap Email

DADAAB, Kenya (AP) -- As tens of thousands of refugees flee
Somalia's famine for Kenya's arid east, residents say they are torn
between welcoming their fellow ethnic Somalis -- and feeling
threatened as the new arrivals squeeze the area's limited resources
and compete for jobs.

Officials fear the new influx could force long-simmering tension
in the region to boil over. Police say they have already seen
locals clash with refugees who have recently crossed the nearby
border. That has prompted police to ask for hundreds more officers.

Some 1,500 refugees arrive each day at the overcrowded United
Nations-run refugee camps in Kenya's east.

The U.N. says more than 12 million people in Somalia, Kenya,
Ethiopia and Djibouti need aid because of a devastating drought.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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