The Somali Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture (SOMESHA) supported the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) tireless efforts on ensuring the safety of Somalia refugees in Kenya the neighboring country of Somalia and the voluntary based return of the refugees from the camps in Kenya border to other rest regions of Somalia in particularly where everybody comes before his/her asylum seeking.
On Tuesday December 3, 2013 the UNHCR Somalia Office organized a one day media workshop for Somali journalists operating from Nairobi, Kenya in collaboration with Radio Ergo and brought together a number of 50 professional journalists from across Somalia but basically operating from Kenya to Somalia based media outlets and in Kenya as exile.
Radio Ergo is on air every day across the Somali-speaking region with original humanitarian news and information in Somali gathered by our unique network of 20 locally based correspondents. On 1st July 2011, the service was taken over from UN OCHA-IRIN by IMS Productions Aps, a non-profit organization with headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark, and a branch office in Nairobi, Kenya. IMS Productions Aps is a daughter company of the global media organization, International Media Support (IMS).
The Secretary General of SOMESHA Mr. Daud Abdi Daud was invited to join the workshop and encourage the journalists to make sure their coverage related to the TRIPARTITE AGREEMENT between the Government of the Republic of Kenya, the Government of the Federal Republic of Somalia and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) governing the voluntary repatriation of Somali refugees living in Kenya.
“Her Excellence Alessandra Morell, UNHCR Somalia representative and her colleagues shared us a copy of the tripartite agreement which consist of 30 articles and we acknowledged from now that there is no force repatriations by any means and UNHCR will no longer support any kind of force return by the refugees from Somalia or even any other country in the world”said Mr. Daud Abdi Daud SOMESHA Secretary General
On November 26 UNHCR reiterated that UNHCR and the Kenyan government agreed that all returns of Somalis refugees from Kenya to Somalia should be strictly voluntary. “UNHCR does not support forced returns,” spokesman Adrian Edwards stressed in Geneva.
“This understanding was reaffirmed last Friday when the Kenyan and Somali refugee commissioners Badu Katelo and Ahmed Nur, visited Dadaab refugee camp-complex in north-eastern Kenya to discuss the repatriation process now starting,” Edwards added. Their visit followed the signing on November 10 of a tripartite agreement between UNHCR, the government of Kenya and the Somali government.
Edwards said that UNHCR works and speaks with the refugees daily, “but this visit provided the refugees with the opportunity to ask high-level Somali officials about the areas to which they are considering returning – with some lively informal discussions in addition to town hall meetings.”
The November 10 agreement sets out the legal framework for returns to Somalia. It specifies that all returns should be voluntary and take place in safety and dignity. There is no deadline in the agreement for the returns.