Kenya is currently hosting over 600 000 refugees in camps. They announced today that they will be closing the refugee camps. Most of the people living in the camps have fled from Somalia and the fighting there. While the majority are from Somalia there are about 250 000 who have fled violence in South Sudan, Congo, Rwanda and Burundi.
Many of the people living in the camps have been there for more than 25 years. Children born in Kenya know nothing of their parents’ home. The Dadaab camp near the Somali border is the largest in the world with over 350 000 people.
The government of Kenya announced the closure of the refugee camps last year, but bowed to international pressure to continue to maintain them. This time they have closed the Department of Refugees. A combination of economic, security and environmental concerns have been given as the reason for the move.
Kenya is currently dealing with the terrorist group Al-Shabab which is associated with Al Qaida. The terrorists were responsible for numerous deadly attacking on Kenyan civilians.
Kenya, having taken into consideration its national security interests, has decided that hosting of refugees has come to an end," CNN
Amnesty International has condemned the move to forcibly send people back to Somalia where they have a good chance of encountering violence and death.
But the increasing violence in the country has kept many tourists away. The Russian plane full of holiday makers that was brought down by a bomb has cast a pall over the area.
Extremists have made easy targets of tourists.
Tunisia has had its formerly lucrative tourist industry shattered by terrorists who killed 22 tourists at the national museum in Tunis and then, a further 38 were murdered at a beach resort a few months later. The resulting collapse has left those who depended on the tourist industry without means.
Libya is far too dangerous for tourism. It’s tourism industry collapsed as that country descended into civil war in 2011. It has been reported that many of the Roman ruins have been looted and damaged since chaos has come to that country.
If you decide to travel to Egypt, be sure to heed the advice of your government information services. The Canadian advice page, dated today, still lists Hurghada as a safer place to travel. Other than that it advises Canadians to avoid all non-essential travel to that country.
Canada Travel Advice
A former military man, Buhari has initiated sweeping reforms which now include supplying the military with bullets and footwear. While much money had been earmarked for the military under the former regime, little was actually spent on equipping the troops.
In spite of the stepped up military actions, the extremists continue their mayhem. On the weekend a group of them invaded a small town near Chibok and all but destroyed it. They looted and burned most of the town. Operating with seeming impunity, they struck the village twice. Two days earlier they rustled 200 head of cattle from the community.
The terrorist group is seeking to establish a caliphate that would enforce their philosophy. They have made friends with the terrorist of the Islamic State.
IS accepted a pledge of allegiance from Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau in March, giving the group its first foothold in sub-Saharan Africa in its efforts to create a global caliphate. BBC
The Gulf Today
His visit to his grandparents in Toronto may include a long car or bus ride. Canada’s security agency maintains a list of people who are banned from flying. It is called the Specified Persons List and the names are kept secret. The criteria for being placed on the list may be a “reasonable suspicion” of bad behavior. Unfortunately, a person who has had their name placed on the list will only find out that they are banned from a flight after they have bought a ticket and attempted to clear security.
Khadr’s permission to visit his grandparents in the company of his lawyer must be undertaken before the end of 2015. He has two weeks to complete the visit.
Khadr’s family had been supporters of the Al Qaeda movement and personal friends of the Bin Ladens. His father was killed in Afghanistan and a brother severely wounded. His mother and sister were active in the press denouncing Canada and our way of life which garnered little sympathy for their youngest son. The CBC has reported that Khadr’s mother and sister are not currently living in Canada.
This is a complex situation where there are no winners, only losers. Khadr was taken to Afghanistan by his jihadist parents. He was present during a fire fight there in which he was severely wounded. He spent his teen years in a ‘black’ prison among jihadists. A US medic lost his life and his young family mourns his death. The harm and loss go on and on.
Omar Khadr granted bail by Alberta judge
Omar Khadr granted bail
Public Safety Canada
Currently there is an investigation and trial ongoing in British Columbia in which a couple, John Nuttall and Amanda Korody are accused of plotting to blow up the legislative buildings in Victoria, BC. They are further accused of conspiracy to commit murder, of possessing explosives on behalf of terrorists and of planting pressure cooker type bombs on the legislative grounds.
Unknown to Nuttall and Korody, the ‘jihadists’ that they met were undercover police. The bombs were duds.
According to Public Safety Canada, they are aware of at least 80 people who have returned to Canada after travelling to areas where terrorists operate. They have some information of extremist travellers’ fate, but all are male. It is know that some young women travel to join the jihadists. At least one apprehended on Tuesday was female. No information on young women.
Some Canadian Extremist Travellers
· Xristos Katsiroubas, dead
· Ali Medlej, dead
· Mahad Ali Dhore, presumed dead
· Ali Mohamed Dirie, presumed dead
· Damian Clairmont, presumed dead
· Andre Poulin, presumed dead
· Hassan El Hajj Hassan, wanted for murder in Bulgaria
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Public Safety Canada
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