Kituo Cha Sheria joined refugees and the world to celebrate World Refugee Day 2017 today at the University of Nairobi grounds. The colorful celebration full of pomp and circumstance was a marvelous opportunity for refugees to showcase their talents and abilities through amazing performances. Kituo through the Forced Migration Programme (FMP) was fully represented as we reaffirmed our commitment to protect the rights of refugees in Kenya. FMP is devoted to the welfare of the poor and marginalized urban refugees and IDPs in Kenya acting as the people’s watchdog over the implementation of the Refugees Act of 2006, to ensure the refugees’ rights under the law are realized.
The celebration included performances by Ugandan, South Sudanese, Ethiopian and Burundian refugee performers with the Guest of Honor being Joseph Ole Nkaissery, the Cabinet Secretary for Internal Security and Coordination of National Government, Nkaissery said that this year’s theme: ‘We stand together with Refugees’, resonated with Kenya’s quest to offer a safe landing to populations displaced by conflicts and natural disasters in the East and Horn of African region.
The ceremony included an exhibition made up of a wide selection of products made by refugees-supported by many UNHCR partner organizations. There were bags, carvings, paintings, jewelry, clothes, fabrics, etc.
The Day’s celebrations culminated with a pledge from all stakeholders represented to continue to stand #WithRefugees