US envoy urges reopening of Somalia border
By SAMMY CHEBOI Posted Wednesday, November 19 2008 at 22:27
US ambassador Michael Ranneberger on Wednesday called on the Government to reopen and expand the Liboi Reception Centre near the Somalia border to meet the needs of new asylum seekers. Despite the border closure, more than 55,000 new refugees had entered Kenya since January, Mr Ranneberger said. A reception centre for orderly registration and medical and security screenings is urgently needed to provide protection to the Kenyan host population and for the refugees in the camp, he added. He was speaking during a visit to Dadaab Refugee Camp to express appreciation for Kenya’s continued role in supporting asylum seekers from Somalia and to review the conditions in the camp.
UN seeks $7 billion in aid to Africa and M. East
Posted Wednesday, November 19 2008 at 17:25
GENEVA, Wednesday - The United Nations asked on Wednesday for a record $7 billion in aid for 30 million people in Africa and the Middle East in 2009, and stressed that the global financial crisis should not distract donor governments. The appeal is the largest in the U.N.'s history, nearly double the amount it initially sought last year to help victims of conflict and natural disasters, and comes during the most severe financial crisis since the 1930s. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the turbulent world economy should not detract from the urgent needs of those in stricken states such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo.