720 Kenyan refugees return home

A total of 720 Kenyan refugees who fled the country in the wake of 2007-08 post-election violence have returned home.


The refugees fled Kenya following the infamous post election violence

The repatriation exercise of the refugees who had been living with other refugees from other countries was coordinated by the Ugandan and Kenyan governments in conjunction with the refugee agencies.

Ruth Irungu, who was among the 720 Kenyans appealed to the national government to help them resettle as well as ensure that their children access quality education.

It has been seven years in a foreign land for the group after they fled Kenya.

The voluntary repatriation of the Kenyan refugees was conducted by the Kenyan government in conjunction with the Uganda government and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.

Western Regional Coordinator James Ole Serian welcomed the group back into the country saying that the country is now secure and peaceful.

Uganda Minister for Disaster Preparedness, Relief and Refugees, Engineer Hillary Onek however called on East Africa Community members to work together in ensuring peace in their respective jurisdictions.

The group that had expressed interest to come back home must now contended with the challenges of having to reconstruct their lives over again in the places they once called home.

The refugees fled Kenya following the infamous post election violence that left over one thousand dead and displaced thousands.