People seeking refuge from Somalia’s civil war have long been welcome across the boarder in Kenya, which has lead to a crisis regarding the people who have fled and are living in the two largest refugee camps in the world. Dadaab and Kakuma are home to more than 600,000 refugees, and if they close, it’s not clear what will happen to those living there. The Kenyan government has been making hints for some time that they are considering closing the camps due to ongoing terrorist threats, along with the financial burden that a refugee crisis of this magnitude poses to the Kenyan economy, which is already quite difficult to manage. Kenya is one of the poorest countries in the world, and combined with corruption that causes a significant portion of the wealth of the country to be siphoned off by officials as well as ongoing skirmishes along the boarder, the citizens of Kenya have little to no access to basic supplies, medial treatments, clean drinking water and housing on their own. If the camps were to be closed, it is uncertain if the populations currently housed within them would flood into the country illegally, thus making the situation even more difficult to manage.
Lord Neil Gibson has been spearheading efforts to bring critical supplies directly to the citizens in an effort to stem the spread of disease and poverty. These efforts involve the direct delivery of supplies like powdered milk and mosquito nets, among other things. The efforts are specifically designed to attack the major issues directly, number one being the spread of contagious disease through overcrowded situations and the second being to provide basic necessities to sustain life. UNICEF has been leading similar efforts for the past number of years, and offers an ongoing report as to the status of the crisis on several web sites. Lord Neil Gibson encourages you to lear more about the crisis, and to become directly involved.