Author: UNHCR's Duke Mwancha on Tamuka News www.tamuka.org
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– Dellina*, an Eritrean woman in her thirties is one among hundreds of refugees relocated by the Kenyan authorities from Nairobi to Dadaab refugee camp since mid-April 2014. She spends most of her day in the UNHCR tent in the camp, longing for the day she can reunite with her 2-year old son, from whom she was separated when arrested by the police in early May.
Dellina was arrested in Eastleigh, Nairobi, together with her Eritrean friend Fathima* while on their way to pick up their sons at the pre-school. Fathima is a single mother, and her son is also 2 years old. Dellina and Fathima were taken straight to Pangani, a police station in Eastleigh, for questioning.
Dellina’s eyes are wet from tears. UNHCR meets her just when she is coming out from a prayer room ., she says.
Dellina* and Fadhima* narrating their story to UNHCR Dadaab in Dadgahaley camp. By Abdulahi Mire
Dellina shows a picture of her son, and starts crying again.
She explains how she and Fathima were thrown into a police cell that was full of men, some of whom had also been arrested in the operation. Dellina and Fathima recall how they were later moved in a police lorry to the Kasarani Stadium, where they found what seemed to be thousandsof other foreigners. The same evening, Dellina and Fathima were put onboard yellow mini-buses together with other refugees, and transported to the Dadaab camp. The journey took all night and they arrived in Dadaab in the early morning hours with just the clothes on their back and their families and belongings left in Nairobi.Dellina says.
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Dellina says she has lived in Nairobi since 2004, when she was forced to flee Eritrea due to fear of persecution and that she has never felt as humiliated as she feels now, because of the way she has been treated.
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