Amid a drought that is riddling East Africa, aid agencies suspect that Kenya is worried about making their country too attractive to refugees from bordering countries.
The Kenyan government is being urged by the international community to open up a new refugee camp. The camp was constructed last year and is ready to take 40,000 refugees, yet it is vacant because the government has refused to allow use of it.
You can see Kenya’s apparent thinking; long after the rain has returned and the world has turned away, they might be stuck with the long-term legacy — thousands of extra people that it can’t afford to feed. Farmers might struggle to re-establish their livelihoods and feed their communities; citizens might be forced to compete with each other for food and water.