Refugee camp operations paralysed as residents protest over jobs

Some of the protesters at the entrance of UNHCR headquarters in Dadaab, June 8, 2015. The protesters claimed locals were being discriminated against in employment by aid agencies. PHOTO | |ABDIMALIK ISMAIL | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The more than 500 protesters claimed the WFP had terminated the contracts of 13 people from the local community replacing them with those from other parts of the country.
  • The protesters said that as the host community, they take care of the UN agencies, its employees and the refugees from neighbouring war-torn Somalia including providing for their security.
  • In return, they said they expected their youth to get employed, among other benefits.
  • When contacted, the head of operations for the World Food Programme, Ms Louis Sowe, said the agency recruit its employees without discrimination.

Business in Dadaab Sub-County was paralysed for the better part of Monday morning after hundreds of residents took to the streets in a protest against humanitarian agencies.

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