United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) is sourcing funds from donor countries to mitigate the environment degradation caused by the refugees in Dadaab, Kenya, head of operation, Jean Bosco Rushatsi Wednesday said.
Rushatsi said that UNHCR was not compensating the host community, but it was making the contribution, since the refugee problem is a shared responsibility.
Speaking in Dagahaley refugee camp where celebrations to mark 2018’s Refugee day were held, Rushasti said they have used the ‘little resources’ at their disposal to develop green fields in Ifo 2 and Kambi Os refugee camps.
“UNHCR is not in any way compensating the host community because the destruction caused by the refugees cannot be quantified. This is a gesture to the community for hosting the refugees for over 25 years,” Rushatsi said during the celebrations marked annually. The theme for this year is ‘We stand with refugees’
“These are our sisters and brothers running away from conflict. We have a shared responsibility to host them,” he added.
The head of operations concurred with environmentalists that Dadaab degradation was a major concern to the UNHCR and that was the reason they have come with proposals to the donor community for assistance.
Dadaab located in Kenya’s Garissa County hosts over 200 thousand as of April 2017, making it one of the world’s largest refugee camps. The center is run by the UNHCR, and its operations are financed by foreign donors.