Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Kenya still ranks high in the world as a centre for human trafficking. Chief executive of the Centre for Domestic Training and Development Edith Murogo says the country remains a major source, transit point and destination for victims of human trafficking. CDTD is involved in rehabilitation of victims of human trafficking and Murogo says they are still carrying out research on the actual extent to which Kenya is affected by the illegal trade in humans.
Murogo says the new laws on Counter Trafficking in Persons are yet to be effective in dealing with trade in humans. "The human trafficking problem is enormous in Kenya and it involves cartels which are very difficult to deal with but we are looking at ways to help end the problem at least within our country," said Murogo.
The organisation has been dealing with an increasing number of victims of human trafficking but the cost of rehabilitating them is high. So far, the organisation has been rehabilitating more than 50 victims including those from outside the country. "The problem is compounded by lack of funds for us to deal with the issue in a forceful way," said Murogo. The organisation receives capacity building support from the International Organisation of Migrations (IOM).
CDTF currently runs a home for rehabilitating most from Ethiopia heading to South Africa. IOM representative in Kenya Ashraf Nour says they were impressed with organisations like CDTF which they have been dealing with for some time. Ashraf says the new laws on human trafficking would help to deal with the challenge.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Sunday, December 4, 2011
ISIOLO, Kenya (Reuters) - At least four people have been killed by suspected Ethiopian raiders at a remote Kenyan village on the border with Ethiopia, police and the local member of parliament said on Sunday.
The regional police commander for Kenya's Eastern province, Marcus Ochola, blamed the killings in Adi village in Moyale district on fighting between the Garre and Oromia communities inside Ethiopia, which "spilled into our country."
"We are in touch with officials on the other side, Ethiopia. We have asked them to help contain this crisis, stop the killing which started inside Ethiopia," Ochola told Reuters.
Officials on the Ethiopian side were not immediately available for comment.
MohamMud Ali, the member of parliament for Moyale, said five people had been killed in the raid and seven were missing.
"The government, security officials and administrators in Moyale have failed to do their work... I am afraid the killing will continue unless urgent actions are taken to protect and prevent further attacks and killings," Ali told Reuters.
Police boss Ochola said security officers had had a hard time reaching the area because heavy rains had made local roads almost impassable.
Residents of Moyale said that dozens of people had been killed in clashes between the Garre and Oromia communities on the Ethiopian side of the border in the past two weeks.
Friday, December 2, 2011
Israel Targets East Africa With Kenya Security PactBY BRIAN DABBS | 28 NOV 2011
Speculation over the nature of the enhanced bilateral ties emerged after Kenyan political leaders provocatively declared the alliance. Officials from both nations have since been tight-lipped, and details remain murky. But Israeli officials in recent days have sought to downplay concerns that Israel will militarily engage in the Somali operation. ...