Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has said his government “cannot just wake up one morning” and shut down the border with Somalia.
“These (Somalis) are real people which human suffering. We have accommodated many hundreds of thousands of refugees despite the fact that one of the most serious challenges comes from that country,” President Kenyatta told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an interview.
“We have to recognize the answer to this people is by working together, by shutting people out.”
Last month, Kenya suspended the construction of a 700 km security wall at the Somalia border following protests in over alleged Kenya “infringement on territorial integrity” of Somali land.
Kenya hosts almost half a million refugees from Somalia and keeps its borders open to people fleeing war, according to the UN.