A Life Sentence of Despair—for No Crime

COVID-19 has spawned mental health crisis among Somalis living in Kenya’s Dadaab refugee complex. They are already serving “a life sentence in one of the harshest places on earth.”

One clinic reports rising attempted suicides and a 50% increase in psychosocial consultations this year. As lockdowns have blocked people from outside work and food rations have been cut by 40%, despair is only mounting.

Dana Krause, MSF head of mission, urges Kenya’s government to include refugees in COVID-19 recovery plans—and urges international donors to step up financially and “fully share responsibility with the Kenyan government”—and by restoring resettlement pathways.

Médecins Sans Frontières

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