Kituo Cha Sheria Holds Legal Awareness Forum for Refugees in Kawangware, Nairobi
Kituo Cha Sheria through the Forced Migration Programme (FMP) held a one day Legal Awareness Forum on 13th June 2019 at Kivuli Centre in Kawangware, Nairobi County. FMP holds regular legal aid clinics and community forums aimed at reaching a larger number of refugee populations who due to one reason or the other cannot access the Forced Migration Programme offices. The activity targeted refugees/asylum seekers or Persons of concern to the government of Kenya and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). The forum’s objective was to introduce work done by Kituo through the Forced Migration Program, UNHCR and other partners in addressing general concerns from protection, legal, registration, livelihood, education, repatriation, health, psychosocial and others issues. A total of 106 refugees from different countries who made it to the event got the opportunity to interact with Kituo and UNHCR officers where they got their questions on different issues important to them addressed. Among the issues raised included; delays in registration by the government, challenges in accessing education, health services access issues, harassment by government officers as well as challenges in accessing government offices that deal with refugees. The awareness forums are regularly conducted due to the lack of awareness of the office existence for new arrivals, financial constraints and security issues or fear of harassment and unlawful detention from both the law enforcement agencies and the public. The event also offered an opportunity for refugees with specific legal challenges attended to individually whereby appropriate legal advice was offered. Appointments were also initiated on need basis for follow up. The forum was spearheaded by Kituo officers Charity Wangui and Ojunni Ochalla who informed participants on the role of Kituo’s Forced Migration Programme (FMP).